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<U. 8. Weather Bureau Forecaat.) \
Showers beginning late tonight or to*
morrow; cooler tomorrow afternoon and
night; fresh southwest winds, shifting to
northwest. Temperatures today—Highest,
77. at 3 p.m.; lowest, 55, at 5 a.m.
Pull report on page A-2.
Closing New York Markets, Page 16
The only evening paper
in Washington with the
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and Wirephoto Services.
Means Associated Press.
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D. C. Visitor Flees Across
Park, but Is Felled by
Concrete Mixer.
Victim Tentatively Identified as
J. Leroy Stem, 36, Vigo Park
(Tex.) Teacher.
(Picture on Page A-4.)
A man tentatively identified as a
Texas school teacher was crushed to
death today beneath the wheels of a
10-ton concrete mixing truck, which
careened over the curb at Third
street and Pennsylvania avenue N.W.
and ran him down as he fled for his
life across the park grass. The truck
had cut into the curb to avoid crash
ing into the rear of a bus loaded
with school children here on Easter
The victim of the accident, the
city's twenty-seventh fatality in 1938,
was believed to be J. Leroy Stem, 36.
of Vigo Park. Tex. This was the name
on a teacher's certificate a social se
curity card and a seaman's discharge
dated in 1937 he carried.
Spectators said that Mr Stem was
walking on the sidewalk on the
south side of Pennsylvania avenue,
about 20 yards west of Third street,
when the big concrete mixer ran over
the curb. The pedestrian, it was said,
sprinted for 20 feet or so. but could
not escape the truck. The wheels ran
over his head and body, which was
dragged for a short distance. The
truck came to a halt some 30 yards
over the curb.
Driver Says Brakes Failed.
The driver of the truck. George F.
Wald. 22, of 1327 Emersdn street N.W.,
said his brakes failed him when he
tried to stop suddenly behind a bus
loaded with school children, and the
truck went over the curb after he
swerved it to avoid a collision.
Detective Sergt. William J. Liver
man of the homicide squad, who ex
amined the truck, said the brakes
were defective. Investigators believed
that the brakes gave way when Mr.
Wald tried to stop.
In the bus in front of the concrete
mixer were a dozen visiting high
school pupils from Binghamton, N. Y.
The bus and the truck were moving
east on the Avenue when the passen
ger vehicle stopped for the red light
at Third street.
Strikes Bear of Bus.
Mr. Wald said his brakes would not
bring his truck to a sudden halt, and
he had to choose between running
over the curb and crashing through
the rear end of the bus.
The truck dented the rear of the bus
as it swung to the right and bumped
over the curb and sidewalk.
A letter found on the dead man's
body indicated he had planned to visit
Richmond and New Orleans before re
turning to Texas. Bus tickets lr. his
pockets indicated he had been on a
sightseeing tour. He checked out of
the Astoria Hotel this morning.
Nude Body Found in New York.
Man Friend Is Released.
Suicide Verdict.
fPicture on Page A-2.)
Er tl-.e Associated Press.
NEW YORK, April 19.—Thais
Giroux, 26. a Broadway specialty
dancer, fell to her death from a fifth
flo«r hotel room early today after tell
ing a friend she was "sick and tired
of it all.”
The friend. John Stoppeli, 29, was
questioned by police and then re
leased. Assistant District Attorney
Carroll A. Boynton listed the case as
b suicide.
Mr. Stoppeli, who' said he had
known the girl for two years, told
officers he accompanied her to her
hotel room last night from a Green
wich Village tavern.
He said she suddenly exclaimed:
"I'm sick and tired of it all. Good
by. So long, it's all over.”
He said he thought she was joking
and left the room. When he re
turned a few minutes later she was
Broadway recalled Miss Giroux as
a blond feather-and-bubble dancer
who was one of Sally Rand's com
petitors during the fan-dance craze.
Mr. Stoppeli said she had spent
yesterday looking for a job. Hotel
officials said she owed a bill of *46.90.
Miss Giroux, who was nude, died in
Bellevue Hospital.
To Turn Over ‘Worldly Goods’ to
Satisfy Income Tax Claim.
SAN FRANCISCO. April 19 <£>).—
Rudolph Spreckels of the California
sugar family offered toda to turn
over "all the worldly goods” he pos
sessed to the Government to satisfy a
$648,000 income tax deficiency in
curred in 1927-28. The United States
attorney's office said the proposal
would be forwarded to Washington,
E>. C.
Japanese Assert No Warships Are
Operating in Philippines.
MANILA, April 19 (/P).—Japanese
Consul General K. Uchiyama said to
day the foreign office at Tokio as
sured him no Japanese warships were
operating in Philippine waters at the
time a mysterious fleet of 17 destroyers
and a mother ship was reported seen
in Davao Gulf April 10 and 11.
Knife-Wielding Bandit Flees
After Woman Disarms Him
Governess, Undaunted
by Blade at Throat,
Chases Masked Man.
Undaunted by a knife pressed
against her throat by a masked bandit
late last night, Miss Alice Quinn,
robust and attractive 21-year-old gov
erness, decided she "was a bigger wom
an than he was a man"—and proved
it by taking her assailant’s knife away
from him and chasing him away.
Miss Quinn, governess for the 4
year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William J. Lank, 3276 Arcadia place
N.W., said the man stepped from the
shadow of a telephone pole in the 6600
block of Western avenue N W. to
accost her as she was walking toward
the Lank home from a bus stop at
Pinehurst Circle after attending a
picture show downtown.
All of her 134-pound, 5 feet 4'2 inch
body rebelled when the man demanded
her money, the attractive brunette
| said. She explained she had read
about young women being waylaid by
bandits in Washington since coming
here from a farm near Charlottesville,
j Va., four years ago. and had deter
| mined she "would fight if such a thing
ever happened to me.”
When she refused1 to hand over her
| money, her assailant seized Miss Quinn j
and pulled her off the sidewalk into i
_—Star Staff Photo.
nearby woods. As she struggled, he
took an open knife from his pocket
and threatened to cut her throat.
"I really started to fight then,” Miss
Quinn said.
She seized the knife with both
hands. The blade cut both her thumbs
as she jerked it from her assailant's
i See ROBBERIES, Page A-3.)
New Court Buildings and
Gallinger Ward Listed
in Spending Plans.
The Public Works Administration
announced today it had approved ap
plications for loans and grants to be
used in construction of new Municipal
and Juvenile Court buildings here.
Another approved local project con
templates the construction of a new,
300-bed ward at Gallinger Hospital,
costing $750,000. The cost would be
divided between a grant of $225,000
and a loan of $525,000.
It was pointed out, however, that
P. W. A. money for these projects
cannot be made available until the
■ President's new recovery spending pro
j gram is approved by Congress and
until the District makes satisfactory
provision for financing its share of
the work. The local projects are
among 2,785 approved by P. W. A.
and on which work can be started if
Congress appropriates the new recov- !
ery funds.
The estimated cost of the proposed
Municipal Court Building is $1,500,000.
This would consist of a loan of $1,
050.000 and a grant of $450,000.
The estimated cost of the Juvenile
Court Building is $550,000, to be made
up from a grant of $165,000 and a
loan of $385,000.
The announcement stated that the
present quarters of the Municipal and
Juvenile Courts are "wholly inadequate I
in size and in such a poor condition as I
to make a proper and dignified func
tioning of these courts practically im
Plans for the Municipal Court
Building contemplate a three-story
and-besement structure with an over
all frontage of 303 feet.
The plans for the Juvenile Court
Building provide for a four-story-and
partial basement building, with an
overall frontage of 132 feet.
Baltimore Man Believed Among ■
Wounded in Loyalist Defense
of Barcelona.
By tf e Associated Press.
CHESTERTOWN. Md„ April 19 —
Vernon Selby, 33. former West Point
athlete and clerk for a Baltimore ship
ping firm, is being sought among the
wounded in Barcelona hospitals.
Mr. Selby was reported wounded
while fighting for the Loyalists in
Spain, and his brother. Owen Selby,
an engineer here for the State Roads
Commission, said he had been notified
by the State Department that he
would be sought in hospitals where
American wounded are quartered.
A "Norman Selby,” said to be suf
fering from shrapnel wounds and a
general breakdown was mentioned re
cently by John G. Honeycombe, 37, of
Los Angeles, who fled into Prance be
fore the insurgent advance. . He said
he intended to come to Baltimore to
obtain aid for Selby.
Owen Selby said he was certain the
"Norman Selby” mentioned in Mr.
Honeycombe's account was his brother
Vernon, who left his Baltimore job last
summer to fight in Spain with the
Abraham Lincoln-George Washington
Brigade, composed of Americans.
Spring Shopping
Spring Suits, Coats, Printed
Dresses, Summer Furniture, Slip
Covers and Drapery Fabrics are
among the special things adver
tised in today’s Star. The mer
chants tell Star readers of their
most attractive and timely mer
Yesterday’s Advertising
Local Display
The Evening Star.. 28,730
2d Newspaper_11,923
3d Newspaper- 9,096
4th Newspaper- 6,775
5th Newspaper_ 3,933
Total 4 Other Newspapers. 31,727
Today’s news is completely and
accurately reported In today’s
Revival Plan Is Possible
Under R. F. C. Authority,
Glass Charges.
President Roosevelt last u-eck
outlined to Nation and to Congress
gigantic new pump-priming pro
gram of Federal spending as means
of combatting depression. House
Appropriations Committee began
consideration of program yesterday,
with final enactment expected by
middle of May and with Congress
hopeful of adjourning soon after
that date.
By the Associated Press.
Senator Glass. Democrat, of Vir
ginia charged today that the admin
istration's proposed revival of public
works duplicates a program which is
possible under authority recently j
given the Reconstruction Finance
Senator Glass, chairman of the
Senate Appropriations Committee,
said he would support President
Roosevelt's recommendation for $1,
250,000,000 for relief, but would not
vote for a $1,000,000,000 fund to pro
vide public works loans and grants to
cities and States.
The newly enacted R. F. C. lend- !
ing bill, which Senator Glass spon
sored, authorizes that agency to make
public works loans to State and
municipal governments. The same
statute also assigns the agency "blank
check" powers in making loans to
business. As far as is publicly known,
however, only business loans have
been considered.
When he introduced the bill. Sena
tor Glass said, he believed it would
"take care of public works.”
"Otherwise I w-ould never have in
troduced it,” he added.
Some legislators interpreted the
situation as evidencing a keen rivalry
between the R. F. C. and the Public
. (See RECOVERY,"Page A-4j
Pinch Single in Ninth Drives in
Winning Runs for Yanks.
BOSTON. April 19 (VP).—Charles
(Red! Ruffing's pinch single in the
ninth inning drove in the tying and
winning runs today as the world cham
pion New York Yankees whipped the
Boston Red Sox, 5-3, in the morning
;ame of a Patriots’ Day double-header.
Protest Display of Nazi Flag.
PRAHA, Czechoslovakia, April 19
VP).—Ten persons demonstrated today
against display of the Nazi flag in a
window of the villa where the German
Legation Counsellor, Andor Hencke,
lives. They smashed the window. Po
lice arrested several of the demonstra
Col. J. I. Peyser Is Named
to Permanent Position at
Turbulent Hearing.
Action Will Be Taken Against
Officers and Directors in
Certificates’ Sale.
Montgomery Building <fr Loan
Association directors petitioned Ihe
District Court February 2 for dis
solution, saying the corporation was
solvent, but had insufficient work
ing capital and was threatened
with suits by foundation surplus
certificate holders. These certifi
cate holders claimed they were
likely to be barred from participa
tion in assets, although not object
ing to dissolution. Sale of assets to
the Perpetual Building Association
has been arranged, but not ap
proved by the court.
Appointed permanent receiver of the
Montgomery Building & Loan Asso
ciation today, Col. Julius I. Peyser, local
attorney, announced he will file suit
as soon as it can be prepared against
the officers and the directors of the or
ganization for $320,000, representing
the amount of foundation surplus cer
tificates outstanding.
Col. Peyser's appointment followed
a turbulent hearing at which Justice
James M. Proctor of District Court or- '
dered dissolution of the association and
refused to name Joseph R. Little, the
organization's president and tem
porary receiver, as permanent receiver.
During the hearing. Col. Peyser, who
represented both stockholders and sur
plus certificate holders, charged the
sale of the certificates represented a
"fraud perpetrated on these innocent
people—most of them women.”
Unanimous Recommendation.
The new receiver was appointed on
the unanimous recommendation of all
attorneys present representing stock
holders and certificate holders, who had j
withdrawn from the hearing to make a j
selection. On their recommendation,!
William E. Richardson, one of their I
number, was appointed attorney for the j
receiver. ^
Appointment of Mr. Little was unani- i
mously opposed on the ground he had \
been a director during the time the
surplus certificates had been sold.
Approximately 80 per cent of the
proceeds of the sale of the certifi
cates was paid to the promoters, it
was stated.
Mr. Richardson rharged stockhold
ers had paid into the association ap
proximately $785,000 and that assets
now total only $567,000.
“This money has been dissipated
in the payment of these extraordinary
commissions,” he declared.
Cites Need of Confidence.
Justice Proctor said he did not want
to suggest that he had any lack of
confidence in Mr. Little, but he felt a
receiver should be appointed who had
the confidence of all interested par
"It eventually will be for the re
ceiver to determine whether any ac
tion must be brought against the di
rectors and officers of the association,”
said the jurist.” This receivership
should start off with every one's con
fidence in the court’s selections. The
receiver must be a man who will act
fearlessly and disinterestedly. Mr.
Little undoubtedly would meet these
qualifications to the best of his abil
ity, but this is a question of confi
At the suggestion of Col. Peyser the
various attorneys who participated in
the hearing retired from the courtroom
to try to agree on some individual to
recommend to the court as permanent
receiver. Justice Proctor told them
that if they could agree he would give
their recommendation serious consid
eration, but that otherwise separate
recommendations would not carry
much weight. He said he preferred
(See MONTGOMER,Y7Page A-6.)
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements B-16 Radio B-ll
Comics B-14-15 Short Story A-18
Editorials ... A-8 Society B-3
Finance - A-15 Sports A-12-13-14
Lost & Found B-ll Woman's Pg. B-10
Obituary ... A-10
Admiral Yarnell to remain in com
mand of Asiatic Fleet. Page A-l
Loyalists reinforce brigade defending
Tortosa. Page A-4
Japanese reinforcements arrive on Yi
River. Page A-4
D. A. R. told of menace to U. S. In
false doctrines. Page A-l
All in Readiness for T. V. A. in
quiry. Page A-l
Morgenthau denies abandonment of
"sterile” gold principal. Page A-l
Ickes confers with President on sale
of helium gas. Page A-2
Coogan’s mother refuses to disclose
assets. Page A-2
Whitfield’s bride near prostration as
search fails. Page A-2
Morgan once contemplated loan to
Whitney firm. Page A-4
Concrete mixer runs wild, kills man
fleeing for life. Page A-l
Young governess routs bandit after
taking his knife. Page A-l
Episcopal churches of Washington
Diocese elect. Page A-5
D. C. tax measure reported by King;
vote delay seen. Page B-l
House committee to make new inspec
tion of airport sites. Page B-l
Editorials. Page A-8
This and That. Page A-8
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-8
Political Mill. Page A-8
Answers to Questions. Page A-8
The Capital Parade. Page A-9
David Lawrence. Page A-9
Mark Sullivan. Page A-9
Jay Franklin. Page A-9
Delia Pynchon. Page A-9
Weaver, Leonard to seek clean sweep
for Nats over A's. Page A-12
War Admiral-Seabiscuit race is hit by
jockey trouble. Page A-12
Upset of Yankees cheers rivals as gen
eral firing starts. Page A-13
Dean seen as giving Cubs color and
flag favoritism. Page A-13
Man power to be Pitt's chief grid
worry next fall. Page A-14
Giant field seen for East Potomac golf
tourney. Page A-14
Corporate bonds uneven
(table). Page A-15
General Electric net drops. Page A-15
Stocks sell oil (table). PageA-16
Curb shares lower (table). Page A-17
Business loans down. Page A-17
London market gains. Page A-17
Shipping News. Page A-7
Nature's Children. Page B-8
City News in Brief. Page B-ll
Vital Statistics. Page B-ll
Bedtime Story. Page B-14
Letter-Out. Page B-14
Cross-word Pusxle. • Page B-14
Contract Bridge. Page B-li
* ^ . I
That War ms I
Last Barrier for Inquiry
Into Power Dispute Is
Removed by Choice.
Vice President Gamer today re
moved the last remaining barrier to
the widely-heralded investigation of
the Tennessee Valley Authority with
the announcement he had selected
Senator Davis, Republican, of Penn
sylvania as the tenth member of the
joint congressional committee to con
duct the inquiry.
Senator Davis, who is up for re
election this year, previously had in
dicated he would decline appointment,
but it was reported he has changed
his mind and will serve, filling the
committee vacancy created by the
withdrawal of Senator Capper, Repub
lican, of Kansas. Senator Davis is out
of the city.
President Roosevelt signed the joint
resolution authorizing the investiga
tion some two weeks ago, but difficulty
in obtaining the Republican Senate
members of the committee has pre
vented beginning of the inquiry. In
addition to Senator Capper, Senator
Borah of Idaho and Minority Leader
McNary refused to accept appoint
The other Senate members are Sen
ators Frazier. North Dakota. Re
publican, and Donahey of Ohio; Brown
of New Hampshire and Schwartz of
Wyoming, Democrats. All five of the
House members accepted appointment
some time ago.
In addition to the T. V. A. inquiry,
the committee has been instructed to
investigate activities of the private
power companies, particularly at
tempts through litigation and other
wise to "hamper” the T. V. A. program.
Eighteen power companies asked the
Supreme Court yesterday to review
the action of a three-judge District
Court at Knoxville. Tenn.. which dis
missed their suit challenging the con
stitutionality of the act creating the
Federal power agency. If a r, ew is
granted, it is not believed the court
will decide the case before next fall.
The congressional investigation was
projected after President Roosevelt,
failing in three attempts to conduct
his own T. V. A. investigation, had
removed Chairman Arthur E. Morgan
for "contumacy” in refusing to an
swer questions or submit facts in sup
port of charges he has made against
his co-directors. Dr. Harcourt Morgan
and David E. Lilienthal.
In refusing to testify during the
President's inquiry. Chairman Morgan
said he did not think he could re
ceive a fair hearing at the White
House, adding he would produce facts
in support of his charges only before
a congressional Investigating com
The committee has *50,000 available
for making the investigation and must
report its findings at the opening
of the next session of Congress, Jan
uary 3. It is expected the group
will spend considerable time in the
Tennesse Valley, making a first-hand
study of T. V. A. projects in an
effort to determine whether that
agency has spent its appropriations
in accordance with law.
Pottsville Presents 8-Ton Chunk
to Philadelphia.
An eight-ton chunk of coal, a gift
from the Pottsville, Pa„ anthracite
region, was unveiled today in the City
Hall courtyard as Mayor S. Davis
Wilson signed contracts for the pur
chase of $814,315 worth of coal for
city institutions. The chunk of coal
will remain on exhibition.
Archbishop of Munich in Borne to
Confer With Papal Secretary.
VATICAN CITY, April 19 (JP).—A
Vatican news service announced to
day that Michael Cardinal von Paul
haber. Archbishop of Munich, had ar
rived in Rome.
He will confer with Eugenio Cardi
nal Pacelll, papal secretary of state,
on the latest developments la the Ger
man church situation and probably
will be received by the Pope.
To Keep Post
Navy’s Unprecedented Act
Is Taken at Request of
State Department.
Admiral Harry Yamell, commander
in chief of the Asiatic Fleet, will be
maintained in command of that force
after October 1, when his tour of duty
expires, it was revealed today in high
official quarters.
This action of the Navy Department
is unprecedented. There is a definite
rule providing that an admiral shall
be given a shore duty after two years
at sea. Admiral Yamell took over the
command in October, 1936, from
Admiral Murphin.
Soon after the Chinese-Japanese
conflict developed, the new commander
in chief displayed such energy and tact
in a most difficult situation that Sec
retary of the Navy Swanson, acting
upon the recommendations of the chief
of operations and the State Depart
ment. decided to break the unwritten
law which provides that after a two
year sea duty an admiral shall be
given a shore billet to make room for
another high-ranking officer to com
mand an important section of the
United States fleet.
The Asiatic fleet is not very im
portant as far as the number of units
is concerned. With the exception of
one modern cruiser the fleet has a
number of more or less antiquated
destroyers, obsolescent submarines and
gunboats exercising police and patrol
duties. But while the fighting value
of this fleet is inconsequential, the
commander in chief is expected to be
an accomplished diplomat and a man
capable of making quick decisions.
Admiral Yamell frequently has been
left on his own. He receives at regu
lar intervals an outline of what the
State Department has in mind and is
expected to do his best in situations
requiring a quick decision within so
short a time that he could not wait
for wireless instructions from Wash
‘Fairly Sharp’ Disturbance More
Than 5,000 Miles Away.
NEW YORK, April 19 OP).—The
Fordham University seismograph re
corded a "fairly sharp" disturbance at
6:11 a.m. today, followed by a second
shock nine minutes later.
The university estimated the earth
quake occurred about 5,200 miles
away, but could not give the direction.
Mary Astor Injures Ankle.
HOLLYWOOD, April 19 OP).—
Actress Mary Astor is hobbling about
with a cane, victim of a polo filed
accident, although she doesn’t play
polo. She tripped and sprained her
ankle leaving the grandstand.
Quake Felt in Alaska.
JUNEAU, Alaska, April 19 UP).—A
10-second earthquake was felt in the
Oastlneau Channel section at 1:24
p.m. yesterday. There was no damage.
Mrs. Becker Tells D. A. R.
of Youth Being Won to
Invading Theories.
Mrs. William A. Becker, president
general of the Daughters of the Amer
ican Revolution, warned today that
the most formidable menace to the
United Sates now is "the invasion of
new ideas, new theories, false doc
Reading her annual report to this
morning's session of the 47th Annual
Continental Congress of the society
at Constitution Hall, Mrs. Becker
called on the 4.000 delegates to the
convention to give all their energies
to making good citizens of the coun
try's boys and girls.
The enthusiasm of the cheering
women at their leader's pronounce
ment had scarcely subsided when
Messmore Kendall, president general
of the Sons of the American Revolu
tion. appeared on the speakers’ plat
form and announced that the Bill of
Rights “is under severe attack" to
Hits L\ S. Agencies.
The National Labor Relations Board
threatens the freedom of the press,
the Black Committee invaded privacy
and the farmers are denied the right
to raise what crops they wish, Mr.
Kendall said.
"Youth doesn’t realize how their
ancestors struggled to establish free
dom of speech and our other liberties,"
Mr. Kendall added.
The N. L. R. B, he added, muffles
the voice of three-fifths of our pop
"The enemies of our institutions
realize the value of youth and recruit
them for their purpose,” Mrs. Becker
"Can we be less concerned? Thou
sands upon thousands in this land are
ignorant of the true meaning of the
principles of justice, liberty and equal
ity under law.
Challenge in Education.
“The real challenge that confronts
the world is that all schools and col
leges should lay less stress on meth
ods and more stress on truth, char
acter, wisdom, honesty and faith. We
can then create great men and women
and great nations, too."
Keep out of war, she beseeched,
then added:
“The quickest way to create a to
talitarian state in America is to get
into a war.
“Crushing taxes, disease, distress
and broken homes will make for Com
munism and Fascism. Poverty and
want will break the morale and de
stroy the faith in government."
Still dazzled by the pageantry and
excitement of the opening session of
the week-long convention last night,
many of the delegates arrived late
this morning at Constitution Hall.
Waving flags, flourished trumpets
and the march down the aisles of the
ribbon-decked delegates that has be
come almost a ritual furnished the
background for a speech last night so
blunt and challenging that it aston
ished many of the women, nodding
under the influence of a series of songs.
Barr Indicts Education.
In a thorough indictment of modem
American educational methods, String
fellow Barr, president of St. John's
College, Annapolis, Md„ said:
/'We are not giving the youth of this
generation the same solid grounding
the men of the Revolution got in their
colleges. • * * If the success story
represents the true objective in life of
our young men, then it is a pity.”
The leaders of the Revolution, Dr,
Barr said, were taught to think by a
college curriculum which was the same
as the curriculum of the medieval uni
“We have converted their education
into something too trivial to produce
their sort of Revolution,” Dr. Barr
said, calling the modem college an
“information bureau.”
“We might produce a riot, but not a
revolution. Riots require only pas
sion, revolution requires intellect.”
After the ceremony of last night
the delegates settled down today to
real business, listening to reports of all
the national officers.
Cites Growth of D. A. R.
Emphasizing the growth of the na
tional society, Mrs. Julius Y. Talmadge
of Georgia, the recording secretary,
“Since my report to the last con
gress there have been issued 6,334
membership certificates, 8 commissions
to national officers, 43 commissions to
! (See D. A. R^ Page A-l.)
iii osruuD
City Will Fu;nish Site and
Government Will Erect
Building Under Plan.
Location Is Constitution and
Third N.W.—Financing of
Project to Be Studied.
Agitation for adequate public
auditorium in District was brought
to head last year when President
Roosevelt’s second inauguration
had to be held outdoors in cold rain
because of lack of suitable indoor
space, resulting in appointment by
Congress of a commission to study
the problem and report at this
(Picture on Page B-l.)
Plans for a $9,000,000 public audi
torium to be erected at Third street
and Constitution avenue N.W. were
approved today by the Capital Audi
torium Commission, subject to enact
ment of necessary legislation by Con
Senator Connally of Texas, chair
man of the Senate Public Buildings
and Grounds Committee, announced
immediately after the meeting that he
will introduce tomorrow a bill to au
thorize the project and to create a
new commission to carry it out.
One of the questions the present
commission was instructed to study was
how the auditorium should be financed
as between the Federal and District
Governments. The area selected is
part of the municipal center site be
longing to the District Government
and Senator Connally said the plan
was approved on the condition that
the District Government furnishes the
site, after which the Federal Gov
ernment would erect the hiiilrf.™
Result of Inauguration.
Although the need for an adequate
auditorium in Washington has been
debated for many years, the present
program is a direct outgrowth of the
downpour of rain that marred the sec
ond inaugural of President Roosevelt
15 months ago.
1 Following the customary procedure,
t* inaugural ceremonies were held
outdoors on the east front of the Cap
itol. That experience served to em
phasize again the lack of a suitable
place of public assembly for that and
similar important events, and the late
Senator Robinson, Democrat, of Arkan
sas immediately introduced the reso
j lution creating the Auditorium Com
! mission to study the problem and sub
! mit a plan.
; The commission was directed to re
j P°rt its recommendations to Congress
during the present session.
Plans Made at Parley.
The plans were outlined today at a
conference of Auditorium Commission
members with representatives of the
District government and the Park and
i Planning Commissions, held at the
| Interior Department.
I Those attending the conference in
: eluded Secretary- of the Interior Ickes,
who is chairman of the commission;
| Senator Connally and Representative
J. Will Taylor, Republican of Ten
I nessee, members of the commission;
. C. Marshall Finnan, superintendent of
National Capital parks: John Nolen,
jr„ director of planning of the Na
tional Capital Park and Planning
Commission, and Capt. Hoel S. Bishop,
jr., assistant District Engineer Com
| missioner. Senator Austin, Republican
| of Vermont, and Representative Lan
ham, Democrat, of Texas, are other
! members of the commission.
Would Seat 16,000.
The recommended auditorium would
seat 15,000 to 16.000 persons, and addi
tional rooms would be provided so that
the structure would accommodate
35.000 to 40.000 persons.
The recommended building was
described as a “national multiple-use
auditorium” to accommodate both
Federal and non-Federal activities. It
would be made available to symphony
concerts, operas, the hundreds of na
tional conventions held here annually,
and to certain sporting events such
as ice carnivals.
A refrigerating unit was recom
mended for use in summer as an air
conditioning system and in winter for
the manufacturing of ice for hockey
and skating.
The commission approved recom
mendations of a subcommittee com
posed of officials of the Interior De
partment. The subcommittee report
read, in part, as follows:
“After careful study and delibera
tion, it is recommended that there
t See AUDITORIUM, Page A-6.)
Crisfleld Meeting Ends After
Insistence on Guarantee
for Wage Sates.
By the Associated Press.
CRISFIELD, Md„ April 19—The
strike of crab meat pickers, which has
halted the town’s major industry for
two weeks, entered the conference
stage yesterday.
Michael Howard, secretary of the
Baltimore Industrial Council, and of
the C. I. O. United Cannery, Agricul-*
tural, Packing and Allied Workers, met
with packing company officials at the
request of Robert W. Knadler, field
examiner for the National Labor
Relations Board.
The meeting ended after Mr. Howard
insisted no settlement would be made
unless a contract is signed guaran
teeing wage rates for a definite period.
An estimated 400 women went on
strike after packers ordered a reduc
i tion of 10 cents a gallon, or 2 cents
1 a pound, for the picked crabs.

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