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WEATHER.
<0. 8. Weather Bureau Forecait.)
Partly cloudy with lowest temperature
about 38 degrees tonight; tomorrow
cloudy, rain by night; continued cool.
Temperatures today—Highest, 54, at 2
p.m.; lowest, 41, at 7 a.m. '
Pull report on page A-2.
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T. V. A. PROBE DISRUPTED
AS BORAH AND M’NARY
REFUSE APPOINTMENT
MinorityLeader
• Hits Method of
Selection.
NOT CONSULTED,
OREGONIAN AVERS
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Idahoan Objects to Town
Hall System of
Inquiry.
BACKGROUND—
Development of Tennessee Valley
with emphasis on production of
cheap electric power was one of
first and greatest experiments un
dertaken by Roosevelt administra
tion. During past winter dissension
broke out among members of three
man board, ana was climaxed by
dismissal o/ Chairman A. E. Mor
* pan. Subsequently congressional
investigation has been voted.
By JOHN H. CLINE.
The congressional investigation of
the Tennessee Valley Authority got off
to a bad start today, as the two Sen
ate Republican members of the inves
tigating committee—Minority Leader
McNarv and Senator Borah—an
nounced they had declined to serve.
An indication that the action of the
Republicans was prompted in part by
resentment at the manner in which
the committee was selected by Vice
, President Garner was seen in a state
ment from Senator McNary that he
had not been consulted in advance.
“'The Vice President told me that
he did not want to confer with me
on the selection of Republican mem
bers of the committee," the minority
leader said. "I'm just a child in the
woods.”
In announcing his refusal to serve,
. Senator Borah said he had never
known of a successful joint congres
sional investigation and didn’t believe
“in conducting investigations by the
town meeting method."
The Democratic Senators named to
the committee are Donahey of Ohio,
Brown of New Hampshire and
Schwartz of Wyoming, It was ex
pected all of them would accept ap
pointment.
Successors Not Decided On.
Vice President Garner indicated he
had not decided on successors to Sen
ators Borah and McNary.
The House members of the commit
tee, named by Speaker Bankhead, are
Representatives Mead of New York,
Driver of Arkansas and Thomason of
Texas, Democrats: Jenkins of Ohio
end Wolverton of New Jersey, Repub
licans. So far as could be learned
there have been no resignations from
the House committee.
Senator Borah submitted his resig
nation a few minutes after the Vice
President had announced the person
nel of the Senate committe.
Seemingly irritated by the refusal
of the Idaho Senator to serve. Mr. Gar
ner told reporters: “Senator Borah has
submitted his resignation, explaining
that he did not care to serve. I tried
to talk him out of resigning, but could
not do it.”
McNary Gives Reasons.
Senator McNary gave several rea
*ons for his refusal to participate.
He said he had told the Vice Presi
dent that the investigation was to be
held some 3,000 miles from his home
and that he expected to be busy in
Oregon this summer as a member of
the Republican Campaign Commit
tee. He also said he felt in need of
a rest before starting in on those
duties.
Asked if he had been consulted by
the Vice President concerning the
Republican members of the commit
tee, Senator McNary replied:
“Mr. Garner told me at the start
that he did not want to confer with
me concerning the Republican mem
bers. I'm just a child in the woods.
I don’t want to shirk my responsibility,
but I don't feel that I can serve
under the circumstances. There are
plenty of other good men who might
be appointed."
Senator McNary said he might have
been able to serve if the investigation
was to be held later. It is expected,
however, that the inquiry will be
started as soon as possible.
May Hold Hearings Here.
He said the Vice President had told
him the committee might hold its
hearings here before adjournment and
after the convening of the next ses
sion, with technical experts doing the
’ necessary work in the valley area
during the interim.
Although this statement was con
strued as indicating Senator McNary
might serve under those circum
stances, he declined to confirm that
impression.
The committee members are ex
pected to meet this afternoon or to
morrow to work out tentative plans
for the investigation.
The personnel of the group con
forms to the demands of Senator
Norris, "father of T. V. A.” and
Majority Leader Barkley for a non
partisan group, such conspicuous T.
V. A. opponents as Senator Bridges,
Republican of New Hampshire, and
Chairman May of the House Military
Affairs Committee failing of appoint
ment.
The President signed the resolu
tion late yesterday.
It was expected that little time
would be lost in getting the inquiry
actually started. Senator Norris ex
pressed the opinion that the committee
should devote its attention to the T. V.
A. and then, as the resolution directs,
investigate the court fight waged
against the Government agency by
private power interests.
. Senator Norris, who has insisted
that the investigation would turn up
nothing adverse to T. V. A.’s reputa
tion, aald that phase of the inquiry
should be disposed of quickly.
a a.
Debutante Chased for Miles
By Motorist, Leaps to Sufety
MISS HELEN V. KIENDL.
—Star Staff Photo.
A pretty New York debutante, who
had “skipped" school in favor of a
motor jaunt alone, told a judge in
Rockville Police Court today how she
fled terrified for almost a mile through
the woods about 2 a m. when a colored
man in an automobile forced her car
from the highway near Four Corners,
Md., after following her for miles
in an attempt to rob her.
The girl is Miss Helen V. Kiendl,
18, daughter of Theodore Kiendl, New
York attorney, who left her home at
Bronxville, N. Y„ yesterday to visit
friends in Virginia, and then changed
her mind in Alexandria and turned
back. The colored motorist followed
her from the outskirts of Washington.
‘Down With Hitler’ Shouts
Heard Amid Debate on
Blum Demands.
BACKGROUND—
Since last August drastic meas
ures to stop flight of franc and sta
bilize French finances have en
countered firm opposition in Senate.
Premier Blum, requesting right to
rule by decree, faces possibility of
being toppled from power with new
crisis as consequence.
By the Associated Press.
PARIS. April 5.—Premier Leon
Blum's demand for sweeping powers
to control France’s economic life by
decree today threw the Chamber of
Deputies into such an uproar that
its president. Edouard Herriot, sus
pended the session.
This came half an hour after de
bate began on the Premier's financial
program, which many political ob
servers predict will cause his downfall.
Jean Montigny, independent deputy,
charged the Blum bill—conferring
decree powers until July 1—was de
signed to start “a veritable social and
economic revolution.”
“That is the way the German Re
public perished, too,” Montigny
shouted.
Leftist deputies, Blum's supporters,
rose in a body and advanced on the
Rightists, shouting, “Down with
Hitler!”
They were stopped by ushers. Right
ists shouted at them, “Back to the
Ghetto!”
Chamber Crowded.
Before debate began, the Radical
Socialist party—vital element in
Blum’s People’s Front support—gave
its members leave to vote as they
pleased on his program, indicating a
split in his forces.
Discussion of the Blum program be
gan with the Chamber crowded and all
cabinet members present.
Foreign exchange and securities
dealings on the Bourse indicated wide
spread belief that Parliament would
reject the Socialist premier's demands
and a new government would come
into power. The franc was steady;
French government bonds and most
other French issues were firm.
The premier had predicted bank
ruptcy and civil strife unless radical
measures were taken. ‘
Blum demanded that the lukewarm
Chamber of Deputies and the hostile
Senate vote him full decree powers.
Rightists reacted at once with the
charge that his program was “a plan
for a Marxist (Socialist) dictatorship
and revolution.”
BUI Contains 80 Words.
The premier’s bill by which he hoped
to attain sweeping authority contained
only 80 words. It gave him the right
to decree all measures "judged indis
pensable to meet the necessities of the
national defense, protect the holdings
of the Bank of France and rehabilitate
the nation’s finances and economies.”
The man, Edward N. Jackson, 27,
of 640 Hobart place N.W.. was ar
rested by Montgomery County police
after a wild chase in which three
shots were fired. Judge Harold C.
Smith ordered the suspect held under
$5,000 bond for the grand jury on a
charge of highway robbery.
Pending the grand jury inquiry,
police said they would question Jack
son regarding alleged attacks on three
women in Montgomery County during
the last year or so.
To insure Miss Kiendl's appearance
against Jackson. State's Attorney
James H. Pugh announced he would
(See CHASE, Page A-12J
MERGER PRESSURE
METHODS ARE HIT
Holt Charges Government
Uses Public Funds
to Push Bill.
BACKGROUND—
Administration legislation for re
organizing Government depart
ments and agencies developed un
expectedly into most bitter issue of
present session of Congress. Sen
ate passed measure by seven-vote
margin, but majorttly leaders have
been forced to make several im
portant concessions to insure fa
vorable House action.
By J. A. O’LEARY.
Defending senders of telegrams in
opposition to the reorganization bill,
Senator Holt, Democrat, of West Vir
ginia charged today that pressure for
the bill “was paid for out of the
public Treasury."
Meanwhile, the House continued to
mark time on the measure during the
early part of the afternoon by giving
the private calendar of miscellaneous
bills the right of way.
Speaker Bankhead predicted the
House would take final action on re
organization this week, but he would
not indicate when he thought gen
eral debate would end and considera
tion of amendments begin. There is
(See REORGANIZATION, Page A-5.)
TAX BILL IS SENT
TO SENATE. DEBATE
IS SET TOMORROW
Committee Leaders Hope
for Passage Before
End of Week.
FIGHT ON ELIMINATION
OF PROFITS TAX IS DUE
Greater Business Activity Aim
of Plan—$20,000,000 Boost
in Yield Is Claimed.
BACKGROUND—
Administration tax theories have
been widely blamed in past six
months for precipitating current
business collapse. Acknowledging
injustices. House approved certain
modifications, but Senate Finance
Committee has gone much farther
to meet corrections suggested by
business.
By JOHN C. HENRY.
Chairman Harrison of the Senate
Finance Committee today reported to
the Senate the Revenue Act of 1938,
recommending its passage with indi
cated major modifications of several
bitterly criticized administration tax
theories.
Debate will start in the Senate to
morrow, with the committee leadership
hopeful of passage before the week end.
"Under present conditions," the
committee report stated, "it seems of }
the utmost importance to bring about ]
greater business activity and a freer |
flow of capital into productive enter
prises.
"If this can be done, the number of
unemployed will rapidly decrease.
"Moreover, such a result is vital to
the revenue. Higher rates of income
tax are ineffective in producing rev
enue when there is little income to
tax. If business goes ahead, and there
is no reason why it should not go
ahead under the provisions of the bill
reported, then there will result more
taxable net income, with a consequent j
increase in the revenue.
Yield Raised $20,000,000.
"In making its recommendations
the committee has also given special
attention to changes which will
j simplify the law and increase its
I certainty. This, also, is important to
business. Finally, every effort has
been made to adopt measures which
will free frozen capital and allow
it again to be productively employed.
"Under business conditions such as
are estimated for the calendar year
1938 the bill as reported will produce
about $20,000,000 in revenue more than
the House bill, if it is assumed that
all the changes proposed have come
into full operation. But this estimate
leaves out of account any added reve
nue which your committee is certain
will result from increased business
activity."
Although a minority of the commit
tee disagreed with several of the ma
jor revisions effected in the bill as
passed by the House, the divergence
of their own views led to a decision
to file no minority reports with the
bill today. The report submitted by
Chairman Harrison for the committee
majority bore no signatures.
Most important changes voted by
the committee were complete elimi
nation of the undistributed corporate
profits tax in favor of a flat 18 per
(See TAXES, Page A-(T)
—■ — •-—
FIVE DIE AS BOMBER
CRASHES IN ENGLAND
Royal Air Force Suffers Its 32d
Accident Since January 1.
Another Plane Lost.
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, April 5.—Five men were
killed today in a Royal Air Force
bomber crash at Tibthorpe, Yorkshire.
The bomber had been on a night
flight.
It was the thirty-second crash since
January 1, with a total of 52 deaths.
Intensive training under rearma
ment speed-up was generally ascribed
as the reason for the large number
of accidents.
SINGAPORE, April 5 (yP).—Thirty
six planes searched today for a Royal
Air Force bomber which disappeared
with its crew of three in a squall over
the China Sea. .
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements B-20 Radio _A-8
Comics ..B-18-19 Short Story.B-15
Editorials_A-10 Society_B-3
Finance_A-17 Sports_A-14-16
Lost &Found B-15 Woman’s Pg. B-l 4
Obituary ...A-12
NATIONAL.
Four are hunted in Texas torture
murders. Page A-l
Labor strife adds to Mexico’s worries
in oil seizure. Page A-4
Stettinlus elevated to U. S. Steel chair
manship. Page A-5
WASHINGTON AND VICINITY.
Lisner will leaves million for G. W. IT.
auditorium. Page A-l
Civic leaders ejected from D. C. Tax
Committee meeting. Page A-l
New York debutante chased miles by
colored man in car. Page A-l
Runaway school girl chased by colored
motorist. Page A-l
Ben T. Webster, ex-president of Trade
Board, dies. Page A-12
Roosevelt signs 1939 District appropri
ation bill. Page B-l
EDITORIAL AND COMMENT.
Editorials. Page A-l#
This and That. Page A-l#
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-l#
Political Mill. Page A-l#
Answers to Questions. Page A-10
The Capital parade. PegeA-11
David Lawrence. Pag# A-ll
f
Mark Sullivan. Page A-ll
Jay Franklin. Page A-ll
Delia Pynchon. Page A-ll
FINANCIAL.
Rail bonds still gain (table). Page A-17
Business loans decline. Page A-17
Stocks dull, narrow (table). Page A-18
Curb changes small (table). Page A-19
R. C. A. operates at profit. Page A-19
Big winter wheat crop
forecast. Page A-19
SPORTS.
Nats’ morale Jolted by defeats in spring
exhibitions. Page A-14
A1 Schacht finds no pitching speed to
rival Johnson’s. Page A-14
Sammy Baugh sent to minor league by
St. Louis Cards. Page A-14
Lardner picks Yanks, Cards as world
series foes. Page A-15
Picard credits putting for win in mas
ters’ golf. Page A-15
Louis deprived of three-round K. O.
by Thomas’ pilot. Page A-18
Menow, Nedayr rate high as Kentucky
Derby contenders. Page A-18
MISCELLANY.
City News in Brin* Page A-8
Service Orders. Page A-13
Shipping News. Page A-17
Bedtime Story. Page B-ll
Vital Statistics. Page B-ll
Nature’s Children. Page B-ll
Letter-Out. Page B-18
Crossword Puazle. Page B-18
Contract Bridge. Page B-ll
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Committee Bars Civie Leaders
And Then Tears Tax Bill Apart
D. C. Business Men Ejected From Room
Despite House Group’s Promise of
Half Hour for Protest.
By JAMES E. CHINN.
The House District Committee today
ejected a group of Washington business
and civic leaders and then proceeded
behind closed doors to tear the 1939
revenue bill apart.
Its first action was tentatively to re
move a provision to place a local tax
on beer at the rate of 75 cents a bar
rel. The vote was 5-4.
The beer tax was understood to have
been vigorously opposed by Chairman
Palmisano and Representative Ken
nedy. Democrat, of Maryland, both of
whom live in Baltimore, where about
25 per cent of the beer sold in Wash
ington is produced. The beer levy was
estimated to produce about $300,000 a
year in additional tax revenue.
The business and civic leaders who
ENTERTAINER ENDS
IS LIFE IN HOTEL
Emil Wadimoff of Troika
Club Found Dead After
Woman’s Call.
Emil Wadimoff, 39-year-old enter
tainer at the Troika, Russian night
club at 1011 Connecticut avenue, was
found shot to death today in the bed
room of his apartment at the Claridge
Hotel after an unidentified woman
called at the hotel to learn if “every
thing was all right with Mr. Wadi
moff.”
A colored elevator operator, Willis
C. Whitfield, went to the Russian’s
quarters to find him sprawled on the
bed with a bullet hole through his
head. A .45-caliber revolver lay along
side the body. Comer A. Magruder
MacDonald issued a suicide certificate.
A note, written partially in Rus
sian, was found later by police. The
woman, who did not give her name
to the switchboard operator at the
hotel, said Mr. Wadimoff had threat
ened suicide.
Twro sentences, written in English
at the end of the note, read:
“Goodby, my sweetheart. Be
happy.”
It was not addressed. Homicide
squad detectives were seeking some
one to translate the remainder of the
note.
Mr. Wadimoff. who frequently led
the production of Troika floor shows
and was well known as a character
actor, had failed to appear for the per
formances last night. He called the
Troika yesterday afternoon, police
were told, and said he had a fever and
was afraid he would be unable to
work.
The Russian came to this country
with a theater troupe in 1925 from
Italy, where he had fled during the
Russian Revolution. He appeared in
New York and Chicago before coming
to the Troika in October, 1936.
Employes at the Troika recalled, on
learning of Mr. Wadimoff’s death, of
his telling of an automobile accident
in New York two years ago in which
he escaped serious injury and his
"best friend” was killed. He had been
"moody” during his stay in Washing
ton, they said.
SENATOR UNDECIDED
Smathers Refuses Answer on
Accepting Judgeship.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J„ April S
OP).—United States Senator William
H. Smathers said he would return to
Washington today and indicated he
might announce there his reaction to
reports he planned to accept appoint
ment as a Federal Circuit Court
judge.
Mr. Smathers said at his home last
night that he "won't know anything
about it (a judgeship in the third
judicial district) until I get back to
Washington.”
Washington friends previously ex
pressed doubt that Mr. Smathers
would consider accepting such an ap
pointment.
Mb
had been promised a half hour in
which to file an eleventh-hour protest
against the proposed local income tax
in the bill were turned away, together
with a delegation from the Citizens'
Committee on Fair Taxation and sev
eral representatives of wholesale and
retail liquor dealers.
The various groups were turned out
into the corridors of the House Office
Building when the committee insisted
on considering the bill in executive
session. Chairman Palmisano sug
gested that the groups thrash out
their disagreement with the Senate
District Committee.
The delegation, which had been
promised 30 minutes to discuss the bill,
was composed of Edgar Morris, chair
' See dTcTTAXES~PageS^lT)
SPANISH REBELS
ISOLATE CATALONIA
Two Armies Now Moving
on Barcelona and
Valencia.
BACKGROUND—
Gen. Francisco Franco’s insurgent
forces under Gen. Juan Yague oc
cupied Tortosa yesterday, cutting off
last Loyalist link between Barcelona
and Valencia and completed march
to the sea, cutting Spain in half.
Franco's drive, launched in Febru
ary, brought about first invasion of
Catalonia and advanced announced
objective of ending icar this spring.
By the Associated Press.
HENDAYE, France (at the Spanish
frontier), April 5.—Spanish Insurgent
armies, driving to win the civil war
this spring, cut Catalonia from the
rest of government Spain to accom
plish their first great objective and
swept on today toward Barcelona,
their enemies’ provisional capital.
A secondary advance was moving
toward Valencia.
Communications between these two
major coastal cities remaining to the
government were severed yesterday
when insurgents reached Tortosa, look
ing down upon the Mediterranean.
Machine guns and field artillery
raked the road from Tortosa, render
ing useless the last highway link be
tween Catalonia and the rest of gov
ernment Spain, which includes Madrid
and Valencia.
Generalissimo Franco’s troops were
preparing to occupy Tortosa itself.
An insurgent communique announced
their troops had pushed 6 miles to the
north, east and south of Lerida, on the
central sector of the Catalan front.
Government troops were said to be in
full retreat, presumably to take a des
perate stand in fortifications stretch
ing between Balaguer and Borjas Blan
cas, approximately in the center of
Catalona.
Decisive Battle Nearing.
With insurgents moving north and
east from Tortosa and east from Le
rida, their two columns could join for
what might be decisive battle at these
government defenses, about 60 miles
west of Barcelona.
A third column, meanwhile, was
moving south from the Tortosa sector
toward Castellon de la Plana, 37 miles
north of Valencia. These troops occu
pied Morelia and moved forward on the
road to San Mateo.
Armies commanded by Gens. Sol
chaga and Moscardo occupied the
whole right bank of the Noguera Riba
CSee SPAIN, Page A-3.)
Feed Box Picks
All Seven Races
Feed Box, ace handicapper of
The Evening Star, whose selections
appear daily in the Blue Streak
noon edition, yesterday achieved
the goal all race handicappera
dream about.
His feat of selecting the winner
of every race at Bowie was all the
more remarkable because in the
fourth race, My Porter, the event
ual winner, was a first-time
starter and a 3-year-old at that.
111.000,000 TO G. W.
Fund for Auditorium—Will
Also Gives $2,000,000
for a Women’s Home.
A million-dollar bequest to George
Washington University for construc
tion of an auditorium building and
the establishment of a home for aged,
indigent white women with approxi
mately *2,000,000, were provided in
the will of Abraham Lisner, millionaire
retired merchant and philanthropist,
which was filed in District Court today.
Mr. Lisner died here March 26.
Fourteen years ago he had retired as
president of the Palais Royal depart
ment store.
The bulk of his estate, estimated at
about *3,500.000. was left for char
I itable, educational and medical pur
poses.
After setting aside *300,000 to be
given relatives, Mr. Lisner placed prac
tically all the rest of his estate in the
hands of three trustees, George W.
White, president of the National
Metropolitan Bank; Dr. Cloyd Heck
Marvin, president of George Washing
ton University, and Leon Tobrlner,
prominent Washington attorney.
Two-Year Time Limit.
He directed the trustees to pay $1,
000,000 to George Washington Univer
sity to be used for purchase of a suit
able site for an auditorium, if it is
found necessary to acquire additional
land, and for the erection of an audi
torium building.
The site, building and equipment
must meet the approval of the three
trustees of the estate, the will pro
vides.
Mr. Llsner stated that he pre
ferred the building to be of marble
construction, and when completed, to
be known as the Lisner Auditorium.
The university will not receive the
entire $1,000,000, however, Mr. To
briner disclosed, since the will specifies
that gifts made to the university after
the making of the will should be de
ducted from the amount of the be
quest. One such gift—$250,000 for
a library to be known as Llsner Hall—
already has been made, the attorney
declared.
Should the university fail to build
the auditorium within two years, the
will stated, the huge bequest must be
delivered back to the trustees of the
estate and made available in connec
tion with the establishment of a home
for aged women to be known as the
"Abram and Laura Lisner Home for
Aged Women.”
$2,000,000 for Home.
Laura Lisner, the wife of the wealthy
merchant, died a year before her
husband at the same hour and on
the same day of the month.
Mr. Lisner empowered his trustees
to assign to the women’s home what
remained of his residuary estate.
This probably will amount to
(1.500.000 to $2,000,000, it was stated.
The home will be open to bona
fide residents of the District “without
discrimination as to religious belief,
nationality or descent.”
He directed his trustees to associate
themselves with such men and women
of “discrimination and standing" as
the trustees might select, and within
one year after admission to probate of
the will to form a corporation to con
duct the home.
A bequest of $10,000 was made to the
; Hebrew Home for the Aged, Inc., and
like stuns were left to Emergency Hos
pital and Children’s Hospital.
Horace Key, described as “my faith
ful chauffeur,” was left $5,000.
Bequests to Relatives.
The $300,000 bequeathed to relatives
was divided as follows: $30,000 each to
Sidney Lisner and Mrs. Gertrude Luchs,
children of Mr. Lisner’s brother, Davis
Lisner; $30,000 each to Mrs. Lillie
Toplitt, Clarence Lisner and Mrs. Hor
tense Herbert, children of a deceased
brother, George Lisner; $30,000 to be
divided equally among the children of
a deceased niece, Mrs. Selma Brill;
$30,000 to be divided equally among
the children of a deceased nephew,
Selig Lisner; $30,000 each to Saul Ganz
and Mrs. Millie Toplitz, children of a
deceased sister, Mrs. Rosalie Ganz, and
$30,000 to be divided equally among the
children of Mrs. Fannie Blout, a de
ceased niece.
Mr. White, Dr. Marvin and Mr. To
briner were nominated as executors of
the will, which was dated April 22,
1937.
A more detailed valuation of the
estate will be furnished the court later
in a petition of probate for the will.
The probate proceedings are being
handled by the law firm of Tobrlner,
Graham, Brea ds Tobrlner.
A
THOUSANDS LOSE 1
PARKING SPACE BY
NEW REGULATIONS
Ban Is Placed for 100 Feet
From Intersections
With Lights.
20-FT. LIMIT SET BACK
OF BUILDING LINES
Begulations, in Effect in 10 Days,
Made Because of the Many
Accidents at Crossings.
By DON S. WARREN.
Drastic new parking limitations that
will eliminate curb space for thousands
of cars near street intersections were
invoked today by the Commissioners,
on recommendation of Traffic Director
William A. Van Duzer.
Mr. Van Duzer asked that the widest
possible publicity be given to the
amendments to the traffic regulations
because of their "drastic” nature, in
order that the public may become
aware of the changes, which will go
into effect 10 days after legal notice
is given.
By one change parking of private
cars within 100 feet back of the in
tersecting curb lines on the approach
or entering side of intersections which
are controlled by traffic lights will be
prohibited. The general rule now pro
hibits such parking in the space 25
feet back of the curb line.
Building Line Rule.
By a second amendment of rules the
Commissioners prohibited parking
closer than a point 20 feet back of the
building line, at intersections, but
added a restricting clause that in no
case shall the no-parking zone extend
more than 50 feet back of the point of
intersection of the curb lines. This
clause was written in because in some
places the building line is set far back
from the print of intersection of the
curb line.
The average city block downtown is
about 400 feet. The new regulations
could reduce the available parking
space to 250 feet. Prom this, in many
cases, is deducted an additional 50
feet for loading and unloading trucks,
leaving 200 feet for parking, or space
for about 10 cars.
At the same time, the Commissioners
designated for the special use of mem
bers of Congress and Government offi
cials parking space for two cars along
the curb adjoining the National The
ater.
In recommending this the traffic
director said: "These spaces are
needed to accommodate members of
Congress and Governmental officials
while visiting governmental establish
ments in that area on official busi
ness.”
Argument for New Rule.
In support of the new Rile, prohib
iting parking generally throughout the
District within an area 20 feet back
of the building line, Mr. Van Duzer
said:
“Of the 12.700 accidents last year,
approximately 60 per cent occurred at
intersections. The direct cause of
these accidents was too much speed
for conditions. The indirect cause
was visibility on account of parked
cars: cars parked so near the comers
as to obstruct the vision of approach
ing traffic until the cars had almost
entered the intersection. There is
no doubt that if parking were pro
hibited nearer than a point 20 feet
back of the building line, intersection
collisions would be reduced materially.’*
In support of the 100-foot rule, ap
plied to intersections controlled by
traffic lights, Mr. Van Duzer said: “In
order to handle traffic expeditiously at
intersections controlled by traffic
lights, it is necessary to have as many
lanes as possible in which cars may
stop when the light is against them,
so that when the light changes the
largest possible volume will move
through the Intersection. When cars
are permitted to park between white
lines and the curb on the approach
side of intersections, the reserve capac
ity is reduced by one lane.’’
The Commissioners also changed the
no-parking rule on the south side of I
street between Thirteenth and Twen
tieth streets N.W., to permit parking
after 6 pm. The present rule bans
parking at any time, and Mr. Van
Duzer said it had been found the
restriction after 6 p.m. was not neces
sary.
BURLEW CONFIRMED
AS AIDE TO ICKES
Senate Approves Choice for
Assistant Secretary of Interior
Department.
By the Associated Press.
Ebert K. Burlew won Senate con
firmation today as First Assistant
Secretary of the Interior. His appoint
ment had been opposed for three
months by Senator Pittman, Demo
crat, of Nevada.
Mr. Burlew was nominated last De
cember 20 by President Roosevelt to
be chief aide to Secretary Ickes. Sen
ator Pittman forced hearings by the
Senate Public Lands Committee to in
vestigate alleged irregularities in the
Interior Department.
DICK POWELL SET BACK
Actor Is Placed on Suspended List
for Declining Bole.
HOLLYWOOD. April 5 (JP>.—Dick
Powell joined Bette Davis today on
the suspended list at Warner Brothers
studio.
Powell will draw no salary for three
months because he declined a role in
"The Garden of the Moon.” His place
in the musical will be taken by John
Payne, husband of Anne Shirley.
Miss Davis went off the salary list
last week after rejecting a part.
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