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r # ' . ', ■ • V Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, APRIL 11, 1938. PAGE B—1 a 1.0. OPENS FIGHT TO SEIZE CONTROL IN TRW ROW Seeks to Enroll Workers in New Union, Assailing A. F. L. Agent. • -__ ASKS TO BE RECOGNIZED OFFICIALLY IN PARLEYS Move Comes as Green Unit Tries to Negotiate New Contract With Owners. With the American Federation of Labor unit that for 20 years has rep resented traction employes here seek ing to negotiate a new contract with the Capital Transit Co., the Trans port Workers’ Union of the Commit tee for Industrial Organization has launched an organizing campaign among the 3.200 street car and bus Workers, and has asked the Labor Board for recognition as their bar gaining agent. The entry of the John L. Lewis Unit into the local transportation field was made known generally yesterday when circulars were distributed an nouncing two mass meetings tomorrow night at Turner's Arena, 1341 W street N.W. One will be held at 8:30 p.m. and the other at 1 a m. (Wed nesday). The announcement of these meet ings was accompanied by circulars at tacking John H. Cookman, business agent for the Amalgamated Associa tion of Street and Electric Railway Coach Employes, now representing the workers and the Amalgamated. They also outline the T. W. U. program, which calls for a flat 15 per cent pay increase and other employment ben • efits. Contract Expires April 15. The Amalgamated had a three-year contract with the Capital Transit Co. which expired April 1 and was ex tended to April 15 when the union on April 5 voted down a three-year re newal without substantial change. » E. D. Merrill, president and general manager of the company, declined to say what the union was asking, other than that it “would involve some ad ditional cost to the company,” but Mr.! Cookman said salient features were j increases of from 67 cents hourly—the top rate—to 87 cents for two-man car operation, and 74 cents to $1 for one man, and a 40-cent boost for shopmen,' whose pay ranges from 20 cents to; $1.25 hourly. If no decision Is reached by Friday, I Mr. Cookman said, the case would go to arbitration. Twelve-Point Program. The Transport Workers Union has * 12-point program. In addition to the 15 per cent pay boost, the organization asks: No fur ther changes of two-men cars into one-man cars; two weeks’ vacation wuth pay; $35 weekly guarantee for extra men and four days off monthly; no speed-up and better running sched ules; full pay for show-up time: pen sions, with union representation on the pension board; eight-hour day within a 10-hour span: hiring and fir ing on seniority basis; no classifica- ■ tion of shopmen below second class; no shopmen to work trippers and 40 hour. 5-day week for shopmen. Office workers are not involved. Mr. Merrill said his only knowledge Of the C. I. O. move was a notification from the Labor Board that the Trans port Workers Union was seeking to represent the workers. Making clear that he was not in dulging in an union controversy, Mr. Merrill said the C. I. O. plan would ‘mean a startling increase in costs.” “I see no reason for a 15 per cent Increase in the present circumstances.” he added. “Factories are laying off men, and workers in some cases are taking a reduction in pay to hold onto their jobs,” he said. Cites Pay Increase. This company has granted two pay Increases in the last few’ y«ars. one amounting to $800,000 in 1935 and another amounting to $220,000 in 1937. The pay roll has increased $2,000,000 since 1933.” Increased cast he added would have to be met in higher fares or lessened service, which would mean unem ployment. The C. I. O. organizing drive has been on here for two weeks under the direction of Neale McGillicuddy, na tional organizer for the T. W. U. Mr. McGillicuddy explained that he had filed an application with the Labor Board last week for recognition as the employes' bargaining agent, claiming a majority of the employes, and had expected to have 30 days to show this majority, but was given only until April 13. Michael Quill, president of the T. W. U.. who led the successful argan izing drive in New York City, and who was elected a councilman on the Fusionist ticket with Mayor La Guardia, will be the principal speaker at to morrow night's mass meeting. John P. Davis, president of the National Negro Congress, also will speak. The T. W. U. circulars assail the Amalgamated as “company unionism in disguise” and accuse Mr. Cookman of failing to support the suit of the Federation of Citizens Associations to block one-man car operation. Mr. Cookman says his organization has 2,800 traction employes in its ranks. * FLOYD DELL TO TALK Author to Lecture Wednesday at Maryland U. The second of a public series of lectures on contemporary literature presented under the auspices of the tlniversity of Maryland Department of English will feature readings and discussion of current trends in modern poetry by Floyd Dell, nationally known editor, novelist, critic and poet, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the university auditorium. Mr. Dell, who lives in Washington at present, is conducting a course of special lectures at the Federal Work ers’ School. a m | Attempt to Pull in Fish on Line j Fatal to Boy, 10, in Rock Creek Three Passersby Leap in and Recover Body of Richard Wenit. An excited attempt to pull in a fish on a handline that slipped from the bank of Rock Creek yesterday cost the life of 10-year-old Richard Wenit. who was drowned while two young companions watched helplessly. Rescue efforts by a pedestrian and two marines were futile. The boy. only child of Mr. and Mrs, Benjamin Wenit, Chalfonte Apartments, 1601 Argonne place N.W., was dead when his body was recovered. Richard, a fifth-grade pupil at the Cooke School, rode his bicycle into the park shortly before 2 p.m., with James Jones, 9, also of the Chalfonte, and Charles Jefferson, 10, of 1761 Lanier place N.W. Threw Out Their Lines. From a spot near the Pierce -Mill Dam. where the current is swift and the water reaches depths of more than 12 feet, Richard and James threw out their lines while Charles locked their bicycles. Richard's line had hardly struck the water before it jerked and started to slide away. Intent only on saving his line and making the best of the "bite." Richard skidded in the mud as he ran forward and fell into the creek. Unable to swim and dressed in heavy clothing he was swept under and downstream. The cries of his young friends attracted passersby, among them Mark Racioppi, a W. P. A. clerk of 1121 New Hampshire ave nue N.W., and two marines, driving in a machine with Quantico tags. All three, police were told, leaped j in, fully clothed, and ffnaliy succeeded in hauling the lad ashore. Attempts Are Futile. Other persons who arrived on the scene a few minutes later called the rescue squad, an Emerge icv Hospital ambulance and several physicians liv ing nearby. After unsuccessful at temps at resuscitation, the boy was i taken to Emergency, where he was i pronounced dead on arrival Richard had made fishing excursions Corps of Six High Schools to Hold Annual Event at Central. The Cadet Corps of six Washington j high schools were to go on parade i in the annual regimental competition In Central High School Stadium at 3 p.m. today. At the conclusion of the parade awards will be presented to the win ning regiment and the band, to the winner of the battalion competition held March 31 and to the team that placed first in the military map prob lem competition on' March 9. Completing this afternoon in the military drills and band contests will be tht regiments from Central, Roose velt, Eastern. Woodrow Wilson, West ern and McKinley High Schools, pa rading in the order named at 20 minute intervals. The leaders will be Cadet Lt. Col. Rodney R. McCathran and Band Cadet Capt. Harry G. Newmann, Cen tral; Cadet Lt. Col. David Richardson and Band Cadet Capt. John T. Mitchell, Roosevelt; Cadet Lt. Col. John A. Huddleston and Band Cadet Capt. Bert K. Ludy, Eastern: Cadet Lt. Col. Jo V. Morgan, jr._and Band Cadet Capt. Edwin L. Davis, Woodrow Wilson; Cadet Lt. Col. Richard Green and Band Cadet Capt. Edward Nagel, Western, and Cadet Lt. Col. J. Rich ard Weiss and Band Cadet Capt. Zeb T. Hamilton, McKinley. Judges for Parade. Three infantry officers will act as judges of the military parade. They are Capt. James Regan, jr.; First Lt. Forrest Caraway and Maj. Alexander R. Rolling. Three musicians will select the best regimental band. They are Second Leader William F. Santel mann. United States Marine Band; Bandmaster J. M. Thurmond, United States Navy School of Music, and Master Sergt. Fred Hess, United States Army Engineer Band, retired. Dr. Harvey A. Smith, assistant su perintendent of schools, and Col. Frederic G. Kellond, U. S. A., inspec tor of the 3d Corps Area, from Bal timore, will present medals, cups and silken flags to the winners. Medals and Flags Awards. To the winning regiment will go a gold medal for the lieutenant colonel, a cup and a silk flag that will become regimental property. Cadet Maj. Edward Wood of Roose velt High School will receive a cup and flag for his battalion, which won the battalion competition. The captain of the winning band and his drum major each will re ceive gold medals for themselves, presented by Bunker Bill Post No. 31 of the American Legion. The win ning band will be presented with a loving cup.. Lt. Col. Weiss of McKinley High will receive the Col. Wallace M. .Craigie Cup for the victory of his team in the military map problem contest. WOMAN, 75, SUCCUMBS AFTER AUTO ACCIDENT The death of a 75-year-old woman was tentatively blamed on traffic today while police and the coroner Investi gated a collision In which she figured more than two weeks ago. The victim, Mrs. Susan Curran, 1306 Kenyon street N.W., died in Gallinger Hospital, where she was transferred after treatment at Emergency Hospital for a hip Injury. Mrs. Curran was hurt March 25, po lice said, when she was struck by an automobile at Fourteenth and Kenyon streets N.W. If the case Is traced definitely to traffic, it will make the 24th fatality this year, four less than at the same time last year. k i RICHARD WENIT. with his father, a bookbinder at the Government Printing Office, but it was said to have been the first time he had gone to fish unescorted by an adult. The marines left without revealing their identity. Coroner A. Magruder MacDonald issued a certificate of accidental death. Effort Will Be Made to End Non-Union Protest at The University. Trustees of Howard University will meet at 10 a m. tomorrow to discuss the strike of approximately 125 men working cn two Public Works Admin istration projects at the institution in protest aga nst tne employment of nine non-union laborers on repair work at the home of Dr. Motdecai W. Johnson, university president. Work has been suspended for two weeks on the $1,500,000 administra tion building and dormitory project. Colored union laborers, on strike since two weeks ago last Thursday, continued ta picket the Sixth and Fourth street entrances to the campus They carried posters accusing Dr. Johnson of being “a labor exploiter” and “a union wrecker.” In a statement announcing the trustees’ meeting. Dr. Johnson said “the issues at stake in the present strike” are matters to be decided by the boat'd, which has not met since the dispute began.” Explains Position. “I may say for the trustees that there is no question of trustee an tagonism to organized labor,” Dr. Johnson continued. "There are three contracts at present in force at How ard University, involving a total of $1,638,000. Union labor is in control of all the work opportunities and wages on two of these contracts in volving $1,630,000, or 99.4 per cent of all the work and wages in question. "The questions at issue revolve solely around the work being none by seven Negro laborers and two white laborers on a repair and renewals job involving $8,000, or less than six tenths of one per cent of the work opportunities and wages involved in this strike. The representatives of the organized laborers are demanding that the trustees forthwith drive these nine men off the repair and renewals Job by canceling the contract of the firm which employs them.” End of Strike Urged. After union officials had called off the workers on the P. W. A. projects, Secretary Ickes, who is P. W. A. ad ministrator, is understood to have WTitten to Dr. Johnson, urging him to end the strike by canceling the non-union contract. The university president’s home was on the site se lected for the new library last year and was removed to another site on the campus, that work being paid for from P. W. A. funds. Suicide Uses Gas, Poison, Pistol, Fire William A. Buchanan, 57, colored, 900 block of T street N.W., used every resource at his command yesterday to end his life. Firemen who broke into the garage behind his residence found him dead behind the wheel of his automobile. The car was on fire. The motor was running. Buchanan's clothes were in flames. Beside him the firemen found an empty poison bottle and a .32-caliber revolver. There was a bullet wound in his head. The colored man left a'note to his wife, Florence, saying ‘‘Good-by every body.” Police said he had been in ill healh. Coroner A. Mag ruder MacDonald issued a oertiflcae if suicide. m APPEALS TREBLED SINCE DEMISE OF POLICECOURTLAW Proponents of New Act Say 111 Cases Taken Up Show Legislation Need. DECISIONS OF JUSTICES ARE OFTEN REVERSED Prince Georges County Police Claim New System Gives Them ‘Black Eye.’ By » Staff Correspondent of The Star. UPPER MARLBORO, Md., April 11.—Proponents of a new and consti tutional police court act today pointed to 111 appeal cases, most of them from decisions by justices of the peace, as outstanding proof of necessity for such a court. Maryland State and Prince Georges County police, meanwhile, claimed the handling of their cares had “given them a black e\'e.” State police were particularly wrought up over disposi tions of the cases in the Circuit Court here. Failure to get a conviction after an arrest goes against their efficiency record. Since the 1927 police court act was held invalid, in part, by the Maryland Court of Appeals last September, the number of appeals has nearly trebled. Most of them were for motor vehicle law violations. Court and county officials blamed the increase on the fact all such cases were returned to the justices of the peace for trial by the appellate court ruling. 18 Are Nolle Prossed. Of the 87 criminal appeals cases disposed of since the court started working on them last Thursday, only one trial resulted in a fine of more than $25. That was a rase of assault and battery in which the fine was $50. Before the cases could go to trial 18 were nolle prossed by State's Attorney Alan Bowie for various reasons, many of them because the magistrates held hearings on Sunday. Seven others were disposed of by Mr. Bowie without hearings. 10 were left on the docket for trial and 17 were continued until the next term of court. The State's attorney explained that a great many of the cases could not be taken into court because warrants had been drawn faultily. In circuit court 12 appeals were dis missed, nine pleaded guilty, motions to quash were overruled in four cases and one was passed for trial during the present term. One $50 Fine. Of the seven cases out of the 87 which have gone to trial, one fine of $50 was assessed on an assault and battery charge, three cases of driving while under the influence of liquor resulted in verdicts of not guilty, one case of driving while under the in fluence of liquor resulted in a plea of guilty and the defendant, a prominent Hyattsville woman, was given a sus pended sentence. Of the two speeding cases which went to trial, one resulted is a verdict of not guilty and a sus pended sentence was given in another on a verdict of guilty. It was learned that nearly all speed ing and driving while drunk cases made by county officers were thrown out. most of them on faulty warrants. Members of the County Bar Asso ciation who have been working for a new police court law to replace the one killed by the Appeals Court, said this clogging up of the Circuit Court docket and l^ie subsequent disposal of the cases should demonstrate the necessity for a court where traffic of fenders can be tried with dignity. Most of the justices of the peace in the county have their offices in their homes and it is claimed that a trial in such surroundings does not impress the offenders as being legal, hence the large number of appeals. - ■ 9 — STOVE BLAST BURNS FATAL TO WOMAN -» Colvin Run (Va.) Resident, Wife of TJ. S. Employe, Dies in Hospital Here. Burns suffered In a stove explosion which took the life of her 2-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon proved fatal yesterday to Mrs. Bessie Eager, 22, wife of a United States Patent Of fice examiner. She died in George town Hospital. Mrs. Eager and her child, Betty Anne Eager, were injured early Saturday. The explosion occurred when she poured some kerosene into a stove in which a flame already was burning. The child died several hours after she was rushed to the local institution. The husband, Thomas H. Eager, suf fered minor burns when he beat out their flaming clothing with a blanket, and was given first-aid treatment. The Eagers’ home is in Colvin Run, Va. TWO JEWISH REFUGEES SPEAKERS AT BANQUET Declare Voteless Conditions in Washington Also Prevail in Germany. Two young Jewish refugees, in formed at a banquet last night that Washington has no vote, responded “That’s the way it is in Germany." The two boys, Stefan and Gunther Zweig, who came to Washington re cently from Germany, were speakers at the father-and-son banquet of Mu Sigma Fraternity in the Gingham Club. Their comment on voting fol lowed a talk by Frank C. Waldrop, urging all District residents to vote on April 30. The brothers told the gathering all the German Jewish youths now in the United States agreed with the sentiments of their fellow refugee, Martin Marden. They urged the au dience to contribute to the national drive for funds, now being sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal, to en j able more refugees to find a haven in the United States. C. Socialites Who Curtsied Before King Sympathetic to Kennedy Presentation Ban MRS. SNOWDEN FAHNESTOCK Police Bench Busier Than Usual—New Method for Traffic Cases. Police Court is busier than ever since moving into new quarters as the result of numerous factors not con nected with the transfer from its anti quated building to the new block-long structure on Fifth street between E and F street N.W., court officials said today. The unprecedented jam was particu larly noticeable today as Judges Ed ward M. Curran, Walter J. Casey and Hobart Newman tackled the crowded Monday docket without the assistance of Judge John P. McMahon, who left last Thursday for a 10-day vacation. One of the complicating factors is the indication that no new substitute to serve during absence of one of the four Police Court judges will be ap pointed when the term of Judge Robert E. Mattingly of Municipal Court ex pires shortly. Another is a new method of handling traffic collision cases, which now are presented to the court for final dis position after investigation by a spe cial police squad instead of being sifted by preliminary hearings before an as sistant corporation counsel to deter mine the probable guilt of the de fendants. Each of the four Police Court judges is entitled to one month's vaca tion a year and this, in addition to sick leave averaging about 15 days per year for each judge, cuts down to six months the actual time for all the judges to be on duty. Chief Clerk Wal ter F. Bramhal pointed out. Assistant Corporation Counsel George D. Neilson estimated the cor poration counsel's office at Police Court is 500 cases behind in its docket at present. A bill to provide an additional Po lice Court judge to relieve the jam has been prepared by Corporation Counsel Elwood Seal and sent to the Budget Bureau. HOUSE UNIT DELAYS D.C. COURT MEASURE Survey to Be Made on Proposal for Magistrates to Handle Minor Infractions. Action was delayed by the Judiciary Subcommittee of the House District Committee today on the Palmlsano bill to establish a system of magis trate courts in Washington ending a comprehensive survey of the Police Court docket by Corporation Counsel Elwood H. Seal. Mr. Seal was instructed to make the study when only one witness ap peared at a scehduled public hearing on the bill. No testimony was taken by the subcommittee. The measure would establish four magistrate courts in four police pre cinct stations to handle cases in volving minor infractions of police and traffic regulations. The plan is designed primarily to expedite trial of persons arrested for minor offenses. Chairman McGehee said there has been some opposition to the proposal to allow magistrate courts to handle traffic cases, but he believes this fea ture should be retained in the bill. MISS GUERNSEY, SINGER AT HAMILTON, IS WED ‘Ginger Lee’ and Carl Gentzel of Earle Orchestra Marry in Arlington. Miss Virginia Guernsey, who sings under the name of Ginger Lee at the Hamilton Hotel, and Carl Gentzel of the Earle Theater Orchestra were married Saturday at the Arlington Lutheran Church, Arlington, Va. The bride, who has been singing in the rainbow room for 18 months, was heard over national radio hook-up6 at the last two President’s birthday balls. Born in Roanoke, Va., the former Miss Guernsey spent most of her child hood in San Mateo, Calif., a residential suburb of San Francisco. She com pleted her education at Fairmont School here. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Guernsey of the Highlands. The bridegroom, whose home is in Altoona, Pa., has been In Washington for six years. The couple left shortly after the ceremony to visit Mr. Gent zel's parents in Altoona. MARYLAND U. HOLIDAYS COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 11 (#). —Easter holidays for the University of Maryland student body will begin Thursday afternoon and end Tuesday morning, April 19. 4 * (Upper) MRS. HOMER CUMMINGS. (Lower) MISS STELLITA STAPLETON. __ i Capital socialites who have curtsied prettily for the King and Queen of England are for the most part sym pathetic with Ambassador Kennedy’s abolition of the presentation at Buck- ! ingham Palace of American women! wdth no particular business in Britain. | Since Mr. Kennedy’s social bomb shell was hurled a little too far in ad vance of next presentation day, it is hard to determine the reaction of those who were in line for a royal nod and smile. Mrs. Dwight Davis, wife of the for mer Secretary of War. whose three step-daughters have appeared at court, thinks Jhe Ambassador "took a very wise stand and should be under stood." Mrs. Homer Cummings, wife of the Attorney General, whose appearance at court last year in a red gown caused a mild sensation, said she preferred not to make a statement, but added: ”1 think it is Mr. Kennedy's own problem and he knows best what to do." - “Although its frightfully tough on debutantes,” said Miss Stellita Staple ton, daughter of Mrs. Daniel C. Staple ton, “it was a necessary stand for Mr. Kennedy to take this year. I hope it won't be permanent though.” Miss Stapleton's presentation in 1935, at the first court of jubilee year, was more pretentious than usual. It was not a public court that she faced and she rubbed elbows with royalty at a dinner that followed. Mrs. Snowden Fahnestock, daughter of former Representative James Beck of Pennsylvania, commented on the fact a "lot of pull” is necessary for a court presentation and said: "There's a lot in what Mr. Kennedy says.” Mrs. Walter Edge, wife of the for mer Ambassador to France and the Senator from New Jersey, feels Mr. Kennedy is “absolutely right.” Mrs. Edge said she had never sought an audience with the royal family her self because she believed too many persons were presented without reason. ROAD TO RESORTS MAY OPEN IN JUNE Three-Mile Stretch of New Route Finished—To Ease Peace Cross Tie-Ups. An automobile route from Washing ton to the resort section south of Annapolis is expected to be available June 1 with the completion of a 3-mile stretch of road linking the Central avenue route with a 5-mile concrete road leading south from Annapolis. The new route will not go through Annapolis. Ross R. Guthrie, chairman of the Suburban Traffic Committee of the Junior Board of Commerce, which has been working on the plan for some time, said today the new route is expected materially to relieve conges tion at the Peace Cross as well as in the City of Annapolis. The Central avenue route can be used now for traffic going to Annapolis, but the new stretch of road will make it possible to get to the beach section south of' Annapolis without going through the city. Mr. Guthrie said the new road is being built by the county with the help of the Works Progress Administration. The Traffic Committee also has Un der consideration the practicability of several routes which would lead from Washington to the Baltimore boule vard without going through tlje “bottle neck” at Bladensburg. The Maryland State Roads Commis sion announced recently it will widen the Defense highway to 40 feet at Bladensburg. GETS ROBBERY TERM Alleged Apartment Looter Is Sentenced in Arlington Court. Charged with robbing an Arlington, Va„ apartment of a quantity of cloth ing, Henry Sturtevant, colored, Alex andria, was fined (250 and sentenced to six months in jail in Arlington Po lice Court today. He was accused of taking a topcoat, two suits and other articles from an apartment on North Fairfax street, occupied by Paul Allen and Roland Orrison. a. - MRS. WALTER EDGE. Paul Nelson Is Seized, but Victim in Attempted Killing Is Missing. Prince Georges County police today were holding Paul J. Nelson, 32, mem ber of the gang of the slain Carlton G "Cotty'’ Williams, in connection with an attempted slaying early yesterday at Mike Young's Tavern, on the Marl boro pike. . However, officers still are searching for the intended victim, who is said to be a United States Capitol police man. Members of the Capitol force declared this morning they “had heard of the shooting,” but had no further information. Meanwhile Capt. I. C. Keck, acting chief of detectives, announced that Lloyd Coblentz, proprietor of a store in the 1500 block of North Capitol street, went to Upper Marlboro, Md., today and identified Nelson as the lone bandit who held him up and robbed him of $25 Saturday night. De tective Sergts. Elmer Lewis and Paul Ambrose accompanied Mr. Coblentz to Marlboro. Nelson was arrested at Young's inn yesterday after a search which began at 2 a m. when a man who identified himself as a Capitol guard reported Nelson had fired a shot at him. The guard, county police stated, de parted without leaving his name with the desk clerk on duty at the Marlooro station at the time. Shell Exploded. Nelson, who was taken into custody by Policemen Edwin Cissel and Charles McGuire, was booked for carrying a concealed weapon and also for investigation. He had a .32-caliber revolver with an exploded shell in the cylinder, Mr. Cissel said. Mr. Cissel stated that Nelson was in "a dazed condition” and failed to give any coherent answers to questions asked him by both Prince Georges County officers and Detective E. E. Thompson of the Washington police force. It was said by Mr. Cissel that a num ber of conflicting stories regarding the manner in which the shooting took place were told to police, the only point on which witnesses were able to agree being that one shot was fired. He said that the man fired at was not with Nelson at the inn, but had entered the place alone a few mo ments before the shooting took place. Admitted Part in Bobbery. Last December, Nelson, who resides in Washington, but formerly lived on the Marlboro pike, signed a confession for Washington police in which he ad mitted being the "finger man” in a $12,500 robbery at the home of his own brother, Charles Nelson, in Ar lington, Va. He admitted later he was the "finger man” again in another robbery which the Williams gang planned at another home of Nelson's brother in the 1800 block of Suitland road S.E., where it was planned to steal $10,000 from a safe. He was released by police. The Suitland road robbery miscar ried and the gangsters walked into a p>olice trap. Williams being slain by officers’ machine-gun fire. 1,200 C.C.C. NINES TO VIE Raymond Dumont, president of the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress, announced today 1,200 Civilian Con servation Corps camps will enter teams in this year's competition. John H. Stoneburg, jr.. sports editor of the C. C. C. newspaper, Happy Days, will direct the corps' baseball activities. The national play-offs will be held in Wichita, Kans., August 12 to 24. BAND CONCERTS By the Army Band in the audi torium at 6 p.m. today. Capt. Thomas P. Darcy, leader; Karl Hubner, assistant. Program. March, "Flag Day"_Schramm Morceau, "Serenade”_Chaminade Air de ballet, "Pierette”-..Chaminade Duet, "Home to Our Mountains” Verdi Ralph K. Ostrom, Cometist, and Wil liam F. Raymond, Trombonist. Characteristic, "Rustle of Spring," Sinding Waltz, “A La Bien Aimee”_Schutt March, “The Grand Old Man”.Simon "The Star Spangled Banner. By the Marine Band in the audi torium tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Capt. Taylor Branson, leader; William F. Santelmann, second leader, conducting. Program. Marines’ hymn. “Prelude” to "Lohengrin”_Wagner Trombone solo, "Ave Maria”—Gounod Robert Isele. "The Palms” (Les Rameaux) — Faure Trumpet solo, "Inflammatus,” from “Stabat Mater”,.Rossini John P. White. "The Lord’s Last Supper”_Wagner "The Star Spangled Burner. YELLOW FEVER’S DANGER IS CUED TO HEALTH AIDES Setting Up of Laboratory Off Coast of Florida Is Suggested. SOUTH AMERICA SEEN MENACED BY DISEASE Keeping Coast Line Free of Dread Mosquito Is Described as Only Safeguard. By THOMAS R. HENRY. A slender ribbon of mosquito-free territory along the South American coastline may be holding back a new tide of yellow fever which in the past has caused some of the most terrible epidemics in American history, State and provincial public health officers meeting here today were warned. The danger is considered so real that suggestions have been made, it was learned, to establish a yellow-fever laboratory on one of the Dry Tortugas off the southern coast of Florida where experiments on transmission of the virus among animals can be made. It also was proposed this morning that a national diagnostic center be set up somewhere in the Southern States from which mice could be shipped to the bedside of any sus pected yellow-fever patient m order to make an accurate diagnosis immedi ately. Jungle Yellow Fever. The new menace is jungle yellow fever which exists in the interior of South America over an area two thirds the size of the United States and which appears to be spreading southward until it has now reached the southern limits of Paraguay with in striking distance of Buenos Aires and other Argentine shipping centers. Yellow fever in the past has been considered almost strictly a disease of towns and the experiments of Wal ter Reed and his associates in 1898 established that it was spread only by one variety of mosquito which was found chiefly in urban neighborhoods. By the elimination of this particular mosquito over a greater part of South America and East Africa, the great yellow fever centers, the disease was believed conquered. The new yellow fever is still some what of a mystery. It first appeared in a few South American towns a few years ago, chiefly among newly married men. Investigation showed that these invariably had been out in the jungle just before their weddings, gathering materials for their new homes. Tests during the last two years, it was revealed today, have shown that all over the interior, where there are none of the variety of mosquitoes hitherto blamed for the epidemics, evidences of the disease are widespread among the wild ahimals, especially the monkeys. Fierce Biting Mosquito. A very fierce biting mosquito which is found only in the jungles is sus pected of transmitting it. But, tests have established, it also can be trans mitted by the old rfedes egyptae, the yellow fever mosquito known in the past. Thus there is a constant possi bility that jungle yellow fever will be come urban yellow fever at any time. The only safeguard is keeping the South American coast line free of thi' type of mosquito. This has been done quite efficiently in the past. Un fortunately, it was explained, th° aedes egytae is abundant all over the Southern United States and it actually lives through the winter on the south ern tip of Florida. The great interior region of North ern and Central South America has now taken the place of the American West of a half century ago as a res ervoir for European immigration. Ap proximately 1.000,000 immigrants a year are pouring into the area. The: can leave their staked out claims and be in Cuba or even the United State in four days, before the fellow fever symptoms have a chance to develop, and with night flying in prospect this will be cut down to two days. Thus thfe danger is greatly increased. Ships are no longer a menace since rigid control of water supplies render im possible the breeding of mosquitos on shipboard, and an infested person i bound to develop symptoms before a ship from South America reaches an American port. Danger Stressed in Report. The danger was stressed in a report by Dr. Earl B. McKinley, dean of George Washington Medical School, in a map showing the present ravages of dengue fever in the Southern United States. In 1922 there was an epidemic in which several millions were sick of dengue. The death rate from this fever is low but it is transmitted by the identical mosquito which trans mits yellow fever and the dengue map might well turn overnight into a yel low fever map, except for the terror which would come with the first ap pearance of the dread disease and the extraordinary precautions which would be taken. One great safeguard. Dr. W. A. Saw yer of the Rockefeller Foundation told the health officers, was'the successful production of a yellow fever vaccine by his organization with which 170,000 persons in South America have been vaccinated within the last year. Vac cinations sometimes proceed at the rate of 10,000 a week. Ninety-eight per cent of those vaccinated become immune. With a sufficient supply of the vaccine wholesale vaccinations could be carried out in the Southern States as soon as yellow fever struck. FALLS FROM HORSE Miss Clara Kneesi Is Treated for Cuts and Bruises. A fall from a horse resulted in a bad shaking up yesterday for Miss Clara B. Kneesi, 19, of 4714 New Hampshire avenue N.W. The acci dent occurred while she was riding in East Potomac Park near the Tidal Basin. After treatment at Emergency Hos pital for cuts and bruises, the girl, who is employed as a saleswoman at a chain drug store, returned home.