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mo WEIGHS
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.

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