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APP L FOR CHILD wsrirmruNDS is Expected to Ask Senate Unit for Appropriation to Save Institutions. CIVIC LEADERS VOICE UNANIMOUS REQUEST Sudden Abandonment Held Not Feasible—Welfare Hints Are Given at Hearing. Senator Copeland, Democrat, of New York is expected to recommend to the Senate District Committee a de ficiency appropriation for continuance of the Children’s Receiving Home and the National Training School for Girls during the next fiscal year. The Senator, author of a resolution to investigate child welfare needs in the District, conducted a hearing yes terday, at which officials and civic leaders unanimously requested that the two institutions, whose appropri ations were cut off, be continued, at least until other plans could be worked out. Senator Copeland indicated he was sympathetic to this proposal. He also was urged to recommend a survey of child activities, with a view of launching later a permanent co ordinated program. These were among suggestions de veloped at the hearing: All delinquent children should be subjected to a thorough physical and psychiatric examination before being committed to an institution. A new Receiving Home, with recrea tional facilities, should be provided somewhere near the Juvenile Court. Would Grade Inrorrigibles. There should be an intermediate home for colored children graded be tween the incorrigible and the mildly delinquent. "X have been much concerned about the children of the District,” Senator Copeland said at the hearing, "and I want to do the most humane things possible for them.” Those present were emphatic in de claring there was no feasible way of dispensing suddenly with the Chil dren’s Receiving Home and the Na tional Training School for Girls. Sen ate and House conferees on the Dis trict Appropriation Act decided to close the girls’ school July 1 and the Receiving Home next January. There was talk for a time of trans ferring both the Receiving Home and the Women's Detention Home to the old Police Court Building, but Elwood Street, director of public welfare, pointed out it would cost an estimated $110,000 to make the structure fire proof and sanitary. Even then, Mr. Street said, it would not be entirely satisfactory. Senator Copeland agreed It would be undesirable to place wom en prisoners 'and children together. Doubts Feasibility of Transfer. Mr. Street did not think it would be feasible to transfer the colored girls at the training school, who are in the overwhelming majority, to the Industrial Home and School for col ored boys at Blue Plains, even if the necessary expansion were authorized. He pointed out this would involve placing girls classed as incorrigible with boys regarded only as problem children. Disagreeing. Dr. Carrie W. Smith, former superintendent of the Na tional Training School for Girls, said such an arrangement would work out as well as it did in the case of the Industrial Home and School for White Children (girls and boys) on Wiscon sin avenue. Dr. Smith defended the training achool. declaring the rioting there last year had been greatly exaggerated. She charged police of the nearby seventh precinct with an unfair, preju diced attitude toward the girls. She said the “failure” of the in stitution for 40 years had been due largely to the fact that it had been “a complete dump,” forced to take girls of every sort, feeble-minded, insane and delinquent. She urged that children should be given physical and mental examinations before being committed to any institution. Miss Lenroot Gives Suggestions. Miss Katherine Lenroot, head of the Children's Bureau of the Labor Department, saw as the greatest per manent need a co-ordinated program of child welfare. She suggested tem porary employment of an expert by the Public Welfare Board to make a survey. She said the Labor Depart ment could contribute $5,000 toward this out of funds due the District un der the Social Security Act. Later, she said, a permanent co-ordinator should be named. Those who took part in the hearing Included Mrs. Louis Ottenberg, presi dent of the Voteless D. C. League of Women Voters; Mrs. Gorden Wagonet, Assistant Corporation Counsel T. Gil lespie Walsh and others. ----— GEORGE TO BE SPEAKER AT GEORGIA SOCIETY Program Will Precede Annual Spring Dance Tonight at Shoreham Hotel. Senator George of Georgia will be the principal speaker at 9 o’clock tonight on a program preceding the annual spring dance of the Georgia State Society at the Shoreham Hotel. He will be introduced by Representa tive Ramspeck of Georgia. Mrs. Roy North, in charge of the music portion of the program, will play a violin solo, which will be fol lowed by a piano selection by her daughter, Miss Ramona Ruth North, and a vocal solo by Mrs. Lily Garrett, aocompanied by Mrs. Paul Smith. Dancing will begin after the 30 minute program and last until 1 a.m. RECEPTION TO ENVOY Fourth Degree K. of C. to Honor Dr. Castro Monday. Hie Minister of Salvador, Dr. Hector David Castro, will be tendered a reception by the Washington Gen eral Assembly, Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, Monday evening at the Mayflower Hotel. The reception will follow the assembly regular meeting. Music will be furnished by the Crimson Club of Columbus University and there will be ref ents. Century-Old House in New Home With a background of business and Government buildings, this house—vintage of 1838—was brought yesterday to the park between the Willard Hotel arid the Commerce Department Build ing as an exhibit in the Junior Board of Commerce’s clean-tip campaign. It was moved from ihird and N streets S.W. Its renovation will begin next week. —Star Staff Photo. RUN-DOWN DOUSE SPORTOCLEAN-OP Dilapidated Structure Is Set Up in Park Near Commerce Building. A dilapidated and long-abandoned house that has stood for a century at Third and N streets S.W. today was the center of attraction in new sur roundings. as part or the Junior Board of Com merce city-wide clean-up campaign, the two-story frame structure, about 27 by 13 feet in dimension, was moved yesterday from its old brick moorings to the park that lies oetween the Com merce Department Building and the Willard Hotel. The old house will stand in status quo for a few days and then have its face lifted, coming forth in a new costume shortly after Wednesday's Clean-up Parade. Transported on Trailer. Business, labor and Government have combined to perform this opera tion. The Parks Transfer Co. did the moving job yesterday, using a long and heavy trailer to carry the old dwelling through the streets to its new but tem porary site. “ I The house will be painted and fixed up generally, inside and out,, with the aid of the local painters and carpen ters unions, the Building Trades Con gress. Federal Housing, the District Bankers Association and the District Commissioners. The owner of the house is Ray Taylor, a carpenter, who lives next door. “The house has been vacant for years, and I would have tom it down long ago but for my wife,” he explained. "Now we are anxious to see how it will look when it is fixed up.” To Be Moved Back Again. When the clean-up, paint-up, fix-up campaign is over, the house will be moved from its park home, sur rounded by business and Government buildings, back to the old location. The moving idea was hatched by J. W. Brabner-Smith, chairman of the Junior Board Executive Committee. Meanwhile, campaign headquarters at 1115 Fifteenth street N.W., con tinued to receive reports of dirty lots singled out by eagle-eyed boys and girls of the Boy and Girl Scouts, clubs, settlement houses and playgrounds. Thus far, more than 600 dirty lots have been reported by the youthful clean-up legions. To the teams doing the best job in the city's new “clean-up districts” will go prizes of a week in summer camp, to go to the boy or girl needing it most and otherwise unable to pay for it. SPENDING MESSAGE BAFFLES REPORTERS Arithmetic on $1,000,000,000 P. W. A. Program Makes Total Appear $1,450,000,000. By the Associated Press. Officials and reporters had some trouble with the arithmetic in Presi dent Roosevelt's spending message. The worst stumbling block was his $1,000,000,000 P. W. A. program, which many officials thought amounted to $1, 450.000,000 because the President asked "expenditure of $450,000,000 and au thority to loan up to $1,000,000,000 to States and their subdivisions.” The Budget Bureau explained today this wording was necessary because the message proposed an alternative under which municipalities could ask either a 45 per cent grant plus a 55 per cent interest-bearing loan or a 100 per cent non-interest-bearing loan. If all the projects were on the grant plus-loan basis, only $550,000,000 of the lending authority would be used. The sum of $450,000,000 would be spent in the form of direct grants. But if all the projects were on the straight loan basis, all of the $1,000, 000,000 lending authority would be needed, and no money would be ex pended in grants. BAND CONCERT By the Soldiers’ Home Band, today at 5:30 p.m„ in Stanley Hall, John S. M. Zimmermann, bandmaster; Anton Pointner, assistant. Program. March, “The Land of Joy”.__Val verde Overture, “Norma” ..^.—Bellini Entr’acte: (a) “A Prayer at Eventide_Sic (b) "The Phantom Brigade” Myddleton Excerpts from musical comedy, "The New Moon’_Romberg Popular numbers: “A Ragamuffin Romeo”_Wayne “Red Hair and Freckles”_Deppen Waltz suite, "Sobre las Solas” (“Over the Waves”).....Rosas Finale, “Miramar"....Spitalny “The Star Radio to Dramatize Capture Of Slayer by Star Reporter Jack Allen Had Killer in Jail Hours Before Police Solved Crime. Jack Allen. Evening Star reporter, will be the central character in a broadcast from New York at 8:30 o'clock tonight, when radio actors dramatize his gruesome discovery of the burned body of Manuel Silva Valera in a Montgomery County, Md., field and his apprehension of the murderer hours before the police knew that the slayer had been jailed. The occasion is the Philip Morris & Co.'s “Front Page News" program, presented on a coast-to-coast network of the Columbia Broadcasting System, whose Washington outlet is Station WJSV. Mr. Allen himself will speak briefly after the dramatization. The body was found at 6 a.m., No vember 9, 1935, on the Dawsonville Bamesville road, about 35 miles from Washington. Mr. Allen's detective work began when he learned through a call to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Baltimore that a car left in a ditch a few miles from where the body, under a pile of burlap bags, was placed, belonged to Manuel Silva Va lera, a Spanish ship's carpenter, liv ing in Doubs, Frederick County, Md. Because of bits of burned burlap found in the car the reporter deduced that the murdered man was Valera. He drove to Douhs, where he found that Valera had lived with two step children just outside of the town. At the house he came across Alfred Brown, the stepson, just leaving. Brown said Valera had left home two days before to take a post on a ship sailing for Europe. Under Mr. Allen's questioning Brown said that his stepfather had left in a stranger’s car. Brown had been using the car found in the ditch since his stepfather’s departure. He said he had been driving the car the night before, but because of a blowout I MANY APPLICANTS FOR RELIEF DENIED Welfare Director Street Cites Low Funds for Rejecting 80 to 90 Per Cent. Because of inadequate funds be tween 80 and 90 per cent of the ap plications for general relief filed with the Public Assistance Division of the Board of Public Welfare in the first three months of this year were re jected. Welfare Director Elwood Street was informed yesterday. During March, the Public Assistance Division explained in its regular monthly report, 308 applicants for relief, representing only 19 per cent of the 1,610 who applied, were ac cepted for general relief. Most of these were accepted only for tem porary help to tide the applicants over an emergency. Forty per cent of the appropria tions for general relief in March was expended for aid to dependent chil dren. This amount cared for 946 families with 2,815 children under 16 years. In addition, 278 other fami lies, with 892 children under 16, were cared for by grants from the "home care” appropriations, and 64 children were boarded in the homes of 42 rela tives by the Division of Child Welfare. The amount expended in March for general relief was $68,329.86. For aid to dependent children expendi tures totaled (45.761.41 and for home care $17,118.70. The amount for old age assistance was $79,097 and for aid to the blind $5,173.50. The total for the month was $215, 480.47, as compared with $211,886,57 in the preceding month. In March a year ago expenditures for relief amounted to $205,652.85. UNHARMED IN AFFRAY, STABBING SUSPECT DIES Autopsy to Be Made to Determine Cause of Death—Wounded Man Fights for Life. The victim of a knife attack was fighting for his life today, while the man police named as his attacker, uninjured in the affray, was dead from other causes. _ Third precinct police answered a call last night to the 900 block of Twenty-seventh street N.W., where, they reported later, Charles Woody, 65, colored, had stabbed Bugene Pal mer, 31, also colored, of the 1200 block of Twentieth street N.W., in the chest. Palmer was taken to Emergency Hospital. He was not expected to live. Woody, found ill by police, was taken to Galllnger Hospital, where he died at 6:20 a.m. today. Coroner A. Magruder MacDonald planned an au topsy to determine 4he exaet cause. V JACK ALLEN. had left It In Silver Spring, Md.. at 2 a m. and hitchhiked the 30 miles to his house. Brown was planning to hitchhike to Washington to see his mother. With out mentioning the murder, Mr. Allen, suspicious because of the story about the car, offered him a ride, hoping that he might meet a police car on the road to Rockville. Reaching Rockville without seeing any police, the reporter told Brown to accompany him to the office of State's Attorney James H. Pugh. Mr. Allen told Mr. Pugh he believed Brown was connected with the murder. Brown denied it, but he was detained in Jail, and late that afternoon Mont gomery County police, who were in vestigating in Frederick County, learned he was held. The next d^y Brown confessed he had killed hie stepfather during an argument and tried to burn the body in the cellar of the house at Doubs. He is serving a life term in the peni tentiary. INABILITY TO SWIM COSTS BOY, 14, LIFE Couth, Wading on Sand Bar, Steps Into Deep Hole in River and Drowns. Jimmie Jones, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Jones of Marlboro pike. Hillside, Md., was drowned yester day afternoon while playing with a group of schoolmates along the banks of the Anacostia River above the Benning Railroad Bridge. The boy, a pupil in the sixth grade at the Bradbury Heights School, tak ing advantage of the warm weather during the Easter vacation, was wad ing with companions on a sand bar and stepped into deep water while trying to reach a fish floating down the river. Unable to swim, he sank immediately. Two of his companions, Thomas Selby, 14. of 930 Burns street, and George Cole, 15, of 4314 Alabama avenue, both of Bradbury Heights, ran for help. They notified W. J. Merryman, block operator at the Anacostia railroad tower, who caUed the rescue squad. The body of the boy was recovered soon after the arrival of the rescue squad, but efforts to revive him were futile. He was pronounced dead by a Casualty Hospital ambulance physi cian. Due to the inaccessibility of the spot a harbor police boat was called to remove the body. The youngest child in the family, he Is survived by his father and mother, four brothers and two sisters. Mr. Jones, a carpenter, brought the family to Maryland from Salem, Va., three years ago. MAXINE HOWARD READY TO RESUME FLYING Aviatrix Injured in Bendix Race in 1936 Plans Plight to D. C. By the Associated Press. CHICAGO, April 16.—Comely Maxine Howard, whose flying career was interrupted by a crash during the 1§36 Bendix Trophy race, is ready to pilot a plane again. The doughty aviatrix plans to take off for Wash ington today or tomorrow in her own ship. She has recovered from her brush with death less than 20 months ago. She and her husband, Benny, were catapulting from New York to Los Angeles in their speedster. Mister Mulligan. One of the propellor blades dropped off. They plunged to earth on a New Mexico Indian reser vation. Both Mrs. Howard’s legs were brok en. Mr. Howard’s right foot was amputated. Months in hospitals en sued. ^ BOARD OF D. A. R. Says Personal Contact Is Needed to Overcome Propaganda. MRS. BECKER STRESSES INCREASED C. A. R. ROLLS Plaque in Constitution Hall to Be Dedicated in Memory of Mrs. Magna. The National Board of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met today at Memorial Continental Hall in executive session preparatory to the opening of the week-long forty-seventh annual Con tinental Congress of the society Monday at Constitution Hall. Mrs. William A. Becker, three-year president general, who retires next week in favor of Mrs. Henry M. Rob ert, Jr., of Annapolis. Md„ the unop posed candidate, spoke to the board on the achievements of the society's youth program, which has been Mrs. Becker’s chief interest since she took office. Her report stressed the increases in membership in the Children of the American Revolution and the Junior American Citizens and ex panded activities by thousands of chapters in aiding young boys and girls. Returns From Tour. “We need to reach the young peo ple In the churches and the clubs,” Mrs. Becker said. “The need is great, the workers few. By this method, the personal contact, much of the subversive propaganda can be over come.” The president general is just back from a tour of 20 States made with Mrs. William A. Pouch, national presi dent of the Children of the American Revolution and organizing secretary general and national director of the junior membership. In another part of her report to the board Mrs. Becker referred to the Regents’ Club formed in the Dis trict of Columbia of the regents of the various D. A. R. chapters. She said: “There is unity and strength in an active regents’ club and opportunity to constructively promote State work. I heartily commend this feature of the District organization to the con sideration of other States." Chapter Is Commended. Mrs. Becker commended the Ala bama chapter for making possible the naturalization of seven white Russian midgets who live in Alabama and travel with the circus. In closing, Mrs. Becker thanked the national officers for their friend ship, devotion, comradeship and co operation. She said: “No president general has ever been blessed with more able, earnest and understanding national officers and State regents than yours. She has benefited by their wise counsel, has enjoyed their generous hospitality and companionship and has been proud of the work and accomplishments of each and every one.” The members of the board were to meet at 3:30 p.m. to dedicate a plaque in Constitution Hall to Mrs. William Russell Magna, honorary president general. Will Place Wreath. After memorial services in Me morial Continental Hall tomorrow, the officers of the society will place a wreath on the Founders' Memorial, which was erected in 1929 to the four women who made possible the existence of the D. A. R. Mrs. Mary Lockwood, in a letter to the Washington Post July 13, 1890, called on women of revolutionary lineage to organize a society of their own. Her plea, entitled “Women Worthy of Honor," met with an imme diate response. The other three who organized the society are Miss Mary Do6ha, Miss Ellen Hardin Walworth and Miss Eugenia Washington. BOYS’ CLUB DRIVE WON’T BE EXTENDED Campaign Ends Next Saturday, Regardless of Totals at Deadline. Irrespective of final totals, the $75, 000 Metropolitan Police Boys’ Club an nual campaign for funds will be ended next Saturday, it was announced to day. Additional contributions from Government department units are ex pected to swell the present $46,500 figure. Complete results cannot be deter mined, however, until proceeds from the dance of States are turned in after the May 16 function at the Willard Hotel. Some 8,000 persons are ex pected to attend. Tony De Totto, selected from the No. 4 club as the outstanding boy of the clubs during 1937, was presented with the J. Leighton Cornwell Memorial Plaque this morning at the office of John A. Remon, vice president of the C. & P. Telephone Co., who is chair man of the club's Board of Managers. MAN LOSES MUSTACHE INFIGHTING STORE FIRE Hunt for Passover Dishes Ends In Battling Blaze When Plares Plare Up. R. H. Katz, 35, of 7423 Georgia avenue N.W. was nursing a singed mustache today after a search for Passover dishes, packed away since last year, at a D street novelty store, wound up yesterday in his attempting to put out a fire. Mrs. Anna Danneberg, whose son in-law, S. Iachman, operates the store at 709 D street N.W., had charge of the dishes, which were stored in her apartment on the fourth floor. Mr. Katz, another son-in-law, was search ing for the dishes when a barrel of assorted flares in the same room ignited. Mr. Katz told firemen and police he tried to stamp out the blaze. His mustache, however, was reduced to a few singed hairs, his eyebrows short ened by half and his shoes and trousers damage was done the Tony Di Toto Outstanding Boy In the office of John Remon, vice president of the Chesa peake & Potomac Telephone Co., today Tony Di Toto (center), 17, 465 H street S.W., received the J. Leighton Cornwell Plaque as the foremost member of the Metropolitan Police Boys’ Club for 1937. At the left is Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superintendent of Metropolitan Police, and at the right is Mr. Remon. Tony, attached to the fourth precinct club, was chosen for “loyalty to the club, for participation in most major sport activities and for having done the most to promote interest in the organiza tion in all respects during 1937.” House Group Will Seek Views on Revisions on April 26. By WILL P. KENNEDY. The House Civil Service Committee will start hearings April 26 on pro posed changes in the Retirement Act. I Chairman Ramspeck intends to open the hearings to all amendatory pro- ■ posals, but hopes to have the proceed ings held down so there may be some action by the House on the legislation 1 at the present session. The Senate Civil Service Committee this week‘ordered a favorable report on a bill sponsored by Senator Neely, I Democrat, of West Virginia lowering retirement ages and adding other liberalizing provisions. One amend ment, providing for survivor annuities —the so-called "widow’s” pension—is to be rewritten by the Civil Service Commission and incorporated in the measure. Would Reduce Age. The Neely bill proposes to reduce the optional retirement ages after 30 years' service to 64. 60 and 58 years. Existing law sets these ages at 68, 63 and 60. The bill provides for three one year extensions of appointment beyond the retirement age, when the em ploye is willing and the commis sion approves. It also permits ad ditional one-year extensions by Exec utive order when in the judgment of the President the public service requires the continuance of an em ploye because of expert knowledge and experience. The present law provides for compulsory separation when the retirement age is reached unless extended by Executive order. Under another provision employes who may be retired for disability and recover would be kept on the retire ment rolls for 12 months: the present law retains them on the rolls 90 days. Employes' contributions would be increased to 4 per cent of their basic salary while the present law provides 3>i per cent. Increased contribu tions to purchase additional annu ities also are permitted. Sponsors estimated additional cost of this legislation at *604.000, in spite of estimates running to seven or eight million dollars. The estimated in crease in the Government's annual contributions to the retirement fund is (589.000. The administrative C06t of the survivorship plan is placed at *15.000. making the total estimated cost $604,000. CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH PRESENTS PLAY ‘Dream of Pilate'a Wife’ Was Written by the Late Rev. W. H. Woods. A religious drama, “The Dream of Pilate's Wife,” was presented last night at the Central Presbyterian Church under the direction of Fran ces Yerby Pannill, who played one of the leading roles. The play, written by the late Rev. William Hervey Woods of Baltimore, is based on a biblical passage from St. Matthew in which Pilate’s wife, Procula, sends him a message: “Have thou nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him." The procession which followed Christ to Calvary, with the women of Jerusalem weeping, as He passed, presented an impressive scene. The drama was introduced by music, with Mrs. R. W. Prince directing the chorus. Costumes for the production were designed by memers of the church in accordance with dress of the period, j SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA MAY GET T. V. A. POWER Negotiations Are Reported Under Way—Line of ISO Miles Would Be Built. By t!?e Associated Press. Informed persons said yesterday ne gotiations were under way to bring Tennessee Valley Authority power into Virginia to serve municipalities in the Southwest. Details of the plan were closely guarded while negotiations were still in progress, but reliable persons said the plan contemplates construction of a line, possibly with Rural Electrifica tion Administration assistance, of about ISO miles, looping into the State and serving undisclosed Southwest Virginia towns. The rural electrification program in Virginia to date has set up 2,116 miles of lines an nine different proj ects and aided In the establishment of two co-operative generating plants. The first of these in the country was recently placed in operation at Day ton, Va. R. E. A. allotments to Virginia projects J^data totaled $2,302,000. PLEA IS RENEWED TO BUY GAS FIRMS Two Petitions Ask Order to Bar Utilities’ Purchase Be Reconsidered. Two petitions wer filed simultane ously with the Public Utilities Com mission today asking for reconsidera tion of the proposal of the Washington Gas Light Co. to purchase the Alex andria and Hyattsville gas companies for a price aggregating *1.212.500. The applications were filed by the Washington firm and the Washington Si Suburban Cos., the Massachusetts common trust which controls all three firms. The motions, practically identical, asked the commission to rescind an or der of March 17 denying the Wash ington company's third proposal to buy from its parent trust the two suburban concerns and to order a public hear ing on the application. Charging that the order of the Utili ties Commission is invalid in that it is in violation of the due process clause of the fifth amendment, the petitions declared that the commission's find ings of the fact were not supported by any evidence in the record. Order Held Arbitrary. • The petition asserted the order was “arbitrary and capricious and there fore invalid, particularly but not ex clusively because the commission failed and refused to grant the Wash ington Gas Light Co. a hearing upon its application.” In denying the third application last month, the commission disre garded the request of the company for a public hearing, holding that one was not necessary because the pur chase plan, under the terms proposed, was not. in public interest. Declaring the application was In public interest, the motions filed to day set forth: “The plan proposed * * • is desir able to protect and promote the busi ness of the Washington Gas Light Co as a public utility in the District," and to protect and promote the interests of the gas consumers and investors in securities of the Washington firm. The commission was told that the plan is “an essential part of a plan for the dissolution of the holding com pany in accordance with the pro visions of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.” Price Defended, “The plan proposed.” the petition said, "woijld result in the economical and efficient development of an in tegrated gas public utility system in and around the District.” The petition also contended that the price proposed to be paid by the company for the securities of the other two firms is less than the fair value to it of the securities. The first effort of the Washington company to purchase the suburban concerns was made in September, 1936. The commission ruled that the price then offered—$1.375,000—was too high. In March of last year, the company made a new proposal, in somewhat dif ferent form, with the price aggregating $1,350,000. The commission again ruled the price as too high. The latest petition was filed with the commission January 13, coincidental with the filing of the same plan with the Securities and Exchange Commis sion to bring the trust in accord with the death sentence clause of the Hold ing Company Act. CHEST SPEAKERS TOLD OF D. C. HOUSING ILLS Mrs. Helen Hoffman Cites Lack of Sanitation as One of Main Problems. Overcrowding and lack of sanitation were described as Washington's great est housing problems by Mrs. Helen Duey Hoffman, director of the Wash ington Housing Association, last night in an address before the volunteer speakers of the Community Chest, who are making a study of Com munity Chest supported agencies. Showing pictures of homes within the shadow of the Capitol which lack running water and have leaking sewage drains and fallen plaster, Mrs. Hoffman urged the speakers to aid the association in its campaign for better health, housing, building and zoning codes for the District. She praised the work of the public in spectors but declared “there are many leaks in the present laws related to housing” and pointed out that the inspectors can do nothing to force landlords to improve conditions. Washington's high tuberculosis rate can be attributed in large measure to “deplorable housing conditions,’’ she said. The speakers met at the housing association’s headquarters. Heads Rural Women’s Club. LEONARDTOWN, Md.. April 16 (Special).—Mrs. Randolph Thomas ha^been elected president of the 8t. (A ins Island Rural Women’s Club, BOY, 9. IS KILLED, 6 WREN HURT IN MOMENTS Other Victims Include Man 70 Years Old and Four More Adults. YOUTH DIES AFTER DOOR HANDLE STRIKES FACE Girl, 6, Injured by Car Driven by Woman Operating It on Learner's Permit. In what was a disastrous period for children, a 9-year-old boy was killed and six other youngsters, rang ing in age from 6 to 18, were injured by automobiles during the past 24 hours. Other victims included a 70-year old man and four other persons, none of them apparently hurt seriously. The dead boy, John Jones, colored, 1111 Sixth street N.W., who became the twenty-sixth fatality of the year, lost his life when the door handle of a car struck him in the face. He was the third child to die in thi* manner in less than a month. Hit near his home last night by a car which police said was driven by Maurice Knuchols, 29, Colony, Md.. the boy died early today in Gallinger Hospital. He suffered a deep mouth laceration. One of the injured children. Patricia McMahon, 6, of 2720 O street S.E., was struck by a woman who waa operating her machine on a learner * permit and had an instructor by her side, according to police. The girl was cut Md bruised when knocked down PATRICIA McMAHON. near her home. The automobile, po lice said, was driven by Elsie Andrews, 33. of the 5600 block of First street N.W. The other children hurt and their injuries were William Jones. 9, col ored. 41 De Frees street N.W.. com pound fracture of the left leg; Wallace Eddins,'6, of 547 Park road N.W., head cuts and brush burns; Margaret Peter son, 15. of 1935 Biltmore street N.W., brush burns; Wesley Jackson, 15, of 210 E street N.W., cuts and bruises, and Marion McRae. 18. colored, 113 T street N.W., severe face cut*. The 70-year-old man Injured was James G. Woodward, Carroll Arms Ho tel, who was cut on the head and bruised about the body when struck by a street car at Fourteenth and F streets N.W. He was treated at Emer gency Hospital. William Lucas, 25, of 415 Franklin street N.W., was cut on the face and Mary Washington, 24, 1678 Kramer | street N.E., received injuries to her ; head and face in other mishap*. TRANSIT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS GO ON Talks Continue After Approval of Two-Week Extension of Present Pay Scale. Wage negotiations between the Capi tal Transit Co. and the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Rail way and Motor Coach Employes were continuing today under a two-week ex tension of the present scale approved yesterday. A three-year pact terminated April 1 had been extended until yesterday pending some conclusion In pending proceedings, and when no decision was reached, additional time was taken. The workers are asking for higher wages and improved working condi tions. The Transport Workers' Union, C. I. O. offlliate. which is seeking to sup plant the Amalgamated as the bar gaining agent for Capital Transit em ployes, has complained to the Labor Board that company and union offi cials have interfered with its or ganizing activities. GLENN DALE PATIENTS EDUCATED FOR JOBS Tuberculosis Association Aide Explains System of Courses Looking to Recovery. Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Sanatori um has established a virtual uni versity course of education for the benefit of recovering patients, ac cording to Joseph A. McGroary, di rector of the rehabilitation depart ment of the District of Columbia Tuberculosis Association, who ex plained in a radio talk over Station WOL. yesterday thta the service was to bridge the gap between the physi cal cure of the tuberculosis patients and their normal social adjustment. Mr. McGroary explained that the purpose of the department was to provide an opportunity for retraining and ultimate placemeint of the pa tients, on recovery certified by physi cians, in some field in keeping with their physical ability. Patients tak ing the course of study, which in cludes 16 different courses, are given periodic medical examinations. On recovery the patient is given systematic aid in obtaining a suitable Job, or he may take further education in a regular school or, if necessary, take employment training. The a 14 goffered without eost to the patient.