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Soap Box Derby Entrant
Rigs Up ‘Proving Ground’
in Basement of Home.
Working with model automobile*
and a testing runway In their base
ment laboratory, a 12-year-old boy and
his stepfather proved today that build
ing a racer for The Star-American
Legion midsummer So'.p Box Derby
can be made a science calling for re
search and experiment, as well as a lot
of fun and an interesting Job.
The boy Is Howard Hill, 12, of 432#
Georgia avenue N.W., who attends Pet
worth School. He won a medal and
a baseball glove for finishing third in
Class B in the Toledo, Ohio, Soap Box
Derby last July.
Howard's stepfather is Isral Kremer,
dancing teacher and soap box devotee.
Mr. Kremer took Howard to the na
tional and International soap box finals
last year at Akron, Ohio, where they
saw boys from'more than 100 cltie*
compete for the United States cham
To Go to 1938 Finals.
They will be In Akron again on
Augnst 14 for the 1938 finals and it
goes without saying that they hope to
go with Howard as Washington cham
Under Mr. Kremer's instruction,
Howard and his playmate. Calvin
Thompson, 13, of 4100 Fifth street
N.W., have become expert automobile
model builders. Both boys already have
entered the derby, which will be held
late in July.
Against the wall in the basement of
the Kremer home is an improvised run
way with a starting ramp operated by
a pusher pin. With the pin, Howard
can start two or three models down the
course at the same time and see which
car coasts the fastest.
Howard's tool kit Includes every
thing needed to make models and to
build the real coaster racer. Calvin
has won prizes for his airplane models
and finds it easy to switch over to soap
box racers.
“When the boys have models, they
know what they want their cars to
look like,” explained Mr. Kremer.
"Then they can cut their wood parts
themselves or buy the lumber already
cut according to specifications.”
Experiment With Weight*.
The real science of racer building
comes in distribution of the weight
load to get the most rapid coasting
speed. This is the line mast of How
ard's experiments have taken. He and
Mr. Kremer shift the weight load back
and forth on tiny 10-cent store model
automobiles and the homemade min
iatures, often changing from heavy to
light wheels.
The stepfather, meanwhile, is seek
ing a professor of physics in one of the
Washington universities to shed addi
tional light on the weight question.
Mr. Kremer's interest in the Soap
Box Derby is just part of his interest
in Howard. In Toledo, Howard took
fifth prize in a poster contest and thus
far in Washington he is leading other
boys in a neighborhood contest among
newspaper carriers. He is a schoolboy
patrolman at Fetworth.
"The derby and these other activ
ities promote real enthusiasm and
impel the boys to get on top,” Mr,
Kremer said. "Interests like these
are worth more than all the money
you can spend on children.”
Keeps Some Data Secret.
As for Howard, he wants to "keep
a lot of this stuff secret," but he did
reveal that heavy cars run the fastest
on his runway. His other experiments
at this time include steering radius—
he thinks this caused him to lose the
Toledo championship—brakes, size of
wheels (he favors big ones> and oil
for the axles.
Howard raced with a bullet-shaped
car at Toledo, where his parents lived
until recently, but this year he leans
toward "The Star Special,” a design
shown in the 1938 official rule book
available for derby entrants at Chevro
let motor car dealers who are register
ing boys for the derby.
"When I saw I won the first heat
at Toledo,” Howard recalled, “I was
really scared stiff. Then I won the
next three heats and I was in the
finals, where I finished third. It was
a big thrill.”
Howard also remembers the 120,000
spectators who saw 12-year-old Bobby
Ballard of White Plains, N. Y„ win
the national championship at th%
Derby Downs Course in Akron last
Meanwhile, Derby Director O. C.
Holleran predicted a record list of en
Soap Box Derby
(Note to boy*: The Star and
the American Legion are sponsor
ing a Soap Box Derby this sum
mer for boys of the Washington
metropolitan area. The derby
will be a race of motorles* minia
ture automobiles or coaster racers,
built and driven by boys. The
winner will represent Washington
in national and international
finals at Akron, Ohio.)
These rules are your guide for
the first .Washington Soap Box
1. Eligibility: Boys not younger
than 9 nor older than 15 may
enter. A boy who ha* passed his
16th birthday anniversary on the
day of the local derby is ineligible.
Yqu must live in Washington or
nearby Maryland and Virginia.
Sons of Chevrolet'dealers or sons
of employes of the Chevrolet
motor Co. and Hie Star will not
be allowed to compete. There is
no admission fee.
2. Rule books and entry blanks:
Secure these and sign your safety
pledge at the salesrooms of your
nearest Chevrolet dealer. You
must be accompanied by your
parent or guardian, who also must
sign. Observe to the letter the
rules, regulations, dimensions and
other building requirements for
your derby raoer. Registrations
will not be accepted by The Star,
nor will rule books be issued by
t{>e newspaper.
3. Groups of boys, as well as
individuals, may enter racers. No
adult may assist, except by giving
advice. Chevrolet service mana
gers and mechanics will be glad
to adivise you.
4. No racing car can cost more
than $10.
Derby Watchwords!
Read the Rale Bank Carefully.
Observe Year Safety Pledge.
Read The Star Regularly far
Derby Newi.
Home Proving Ground for Derby Racers
(LeW Howard Hill, 12, is starting his model
automobiles down the ramp in the basement of
his home at 4326 Georgia avenue N.W. as he
experiments for The Star-American Legion Soap
Box Derby, His homemade racing course is 10
feet long.
(Right) Seated at the work table is Calvin
Thompson, 13, of 4100 Fifth street N.W., who is
busy making a model of the soap box racer he
will build and enter in the derby. In making
tiny wooden models, the boys do not leave out a
single part. —Star Staff Photos.
tries for Washington’s first Soap Box
‘ Boys are not only getting into the
derby, but they are already building
racing cars,” he said. "Manual train
ing classes and boys’ clubs are co
operating so well that Washington
may surpass many other cities of simi
lar size in the number of boys racing.”
(Watch The Star for Derby Newt.)
_(Continued From First Page.)
a half from the nearest military ob
jective, an anti-aircraft battery on
Honam Island.
Thirty-one Americans, three Bri
tons and one German are members
of the faculty.
Plight from the congested, panic
stricken city was hastened by fear the
attacks might be the signal for a
general Japanese offensive in South
China. Officials ordered women and
children to leave and transportation
facilities could not cope with the rush.
Alarm was Increased by pamphlets
from Japanese warplanes yesterday on
Swatow, 170 miles northeast of Can
ton, warning that the war zone now
was extended to South China and urg
ing the seaport s inhabitants to flee
They warned ‘‘retreating Chinese
armies would occasion bloodshed
although Japanese forces are anxious
to protect lives.” *
(Japanese planes also raided Fod
chow, about 600 miles north of
Canton, today, frightening the
population, but only dropping leaf
lets urging revolt against Chinese
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
(Fearful of bombardment later,
Americans and other foreigners are
painting flags on roofs of all their
buildings and are preparing air
raid shelters.)
(In Shanghai a Japanese spokes
man conceded civilian casualties in
the Canton bombing had been i
“considerable, but unavoidable” in
destroying Chinese military estab
(“Because only the civilian cas
ualty angle is emphasized the world
is getting a lopsided picture of what
is taking place,” he declared.
(Despite severe “Archie” (anti
aircraft gun) fire, he said, Japanese
planes had wrought heavy damage
on the Tienho Airdrome, the Sai
chuen industrial area, cartridge and
plane manufacturing plants and
anti-aircraft positions south of the
Japanese Move Against Railway
Crossroads of Central China.
SHANGHAI. June 8 UP).—Japanese
invaders moved with little opposition
todty against the railway crossroads
of Central China, where rising Yellow
River waters threatened to inundate a
vast battle area.
Dispatches from the front said cap
ture of Chengchow, Junction of the
Peiping-Hankow and Lunghai Railway
lines, appeared assured as Japanese
airplanes unloaded new destruction on
the city and ground forces reached a
point only 10 miles to the east.
Some 70 miles further east, however,
the mighty Yellow River lapped over
dikes northwest of Lanfeng. Chinese
said a number of Japanese soldiers
were drowned in the Inundated coun
There has been almost continuous
rainfall in the area, presaging flood
conditions which would slow up and
possibly halt Japanese forces operating
westward along the Lunghai. Large
numbers of floodwlse Chinese civilians
had evacuated.
In near attacks in the Chengchow
>rt* Japanese weie said to be almost
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To Being Treasury4Big Shot’
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Undersecretary Returns
to Columbia Post
Next Fall.
By the Associated Press.
Take it from Roswell Magill. Under
secretary of the Treasury, he'd rather
be a professor, with time to lead his
own life and enjoy his family, than a
"big shot" in government.
He said today that, in accordance
with the terms under which he came
to the Treasury a little over a year
ago. he expected to return next fall
to Columbia University to teach law.
It is the fourth time in 15 years
that Mr. Magill has worked for the
Treasury, and Secretary Morgenthau
has matte It plain that he could re
main asr long as he wished in the
*10,000-a-year Job. Mr. Magill ranks
next to Mr. Morgenthau in the de
“It all comes down,” the <2-year-old
doctor x>f jurisprudence explained, “to
what kind of a life you want to live.
Perhaps,you can make more money
and wifi higher honors some place
else. A man has-no business teaching
if he has tastes for Park avenue and
Rolls Royces.”
Then he began reminiscing about
the joys of academic life.
Maybe he'd never be rich, he mused,
but he'd have the time and freedom
to say and think what he pleased;
his children would grow up among
educated but unspoiled people_he
implied that it was tough on children
unopposed in the air. Air defenses of !
Hankow, provisional Chinese capital
300 miles south of Chengchow and
main objective of the invaders, likewise
were decreased. ,
It was indicated Generalissimo
Chlang Kai-shek was bent on fulfill
ing his promise to Kwangtung Prov
ince officials to send help against re
peated Japanese bombardment which
has reaped a heavy civilian toll in
There were unconfirmed reports that
a new squadron of Soviet Russian
manufactured airplanes would take
over the task of battling Japanese
bombers in Canton's skies.
Chinese admitted for the first time
the loss of Kaifeng, ancient Chinese
capital 40 miles east of Chengchow,
and said that no more than a light
rear-guard action was being fought in
front of Chengchow Itself.
—— -•..—
Pastor Receives Degree.
The Rev. Albert Joseph McCartney,
pastor of the Covenant-First Presby
terian Church here, was among those
receiving the honorary degree of doc
tor of laws at the annual commence
ment exercises of Beaver College,
Jenklnstown, Pa., yesterday.
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Is teaching drudgery?
"You’d be surprised how little
routine there is to teaching," he said,
"but in official life it’s a constant
fight to keep from being submerged
by routine."
The 50th anniversary of the or
ganization of the Women's Baptist
Missionary Union was celebrated last
night in the parish hall of the Fifth
Baptist Church, Seventh and E
streets S.W.
Delegates to the Richmond jubilee
joined in a procession followed by
jubilee singing. Another highlight
was the golden jubilee gift service,
presided over by Mrs. William Degges.
Among contributors to the pro
gram were Mrs. John E. Briggs, wife
«f the pastor, who spoke on "The
Home Beautiful”; Mrs. B. B. Alsop,
president of the union; Mrs. Elizabeth
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Makes Special Request of
Congress for $50,000
for G-Men.
Congress bad before it today a spe
cial request from President Roosevelt |
tf>r an emergency appropriation of I
|50,000 to enable the Federal Bureau
of Investigation to concentrate all
available facilities on solution of the
Cash kidnaping case in Florida.
Chairman Adams of a Senate ap
propriations subcommittee predicted
that the money would be appropriated
"as a matter of course."
The White House acted on recom
mendation of the Budget Bureau after
it was disclosed that lack of funds had
forced the G-men to curtail procedure
usually followed in an intensive man
hunt for kidnapers. An organized
search by posses was called off last
week because the F. B. I. was not in a
financial position to continue direction
of the hunt.
The $50,000 fund, with a deficiency
appropriation approved by the House
Appropriations Committee yesterday,
will restore the bureau to full-time ac
tivity. When the Cash case broke, half
of the force of 640 special agents was
on furlough, due to exhaustion of regu
lar appropriations.
Bills To Be Redeemed.
Part of the sum requested by the
President, it is understood, will be
used to redeem at double their face
value any of the ransom bills recovered
by citizens. The serial'numbers of the
$10,000 paid in vain for the release of
James B. Cash,‘Jr., were recorded by
the G-men.
The money also will go toward de
fraying cost of maintaining at the
scene of the kidnaping a temporary
field office and laboratory. It is the
practice of the bureau in such cases
to set up & special mobile laboratory
in which immediate examination may
be made of suspected evidence by ex
perts from the bureau s technical lab
oratory here.
It is expected the request for $50,000
will be inserted in the pending de
ficiency bill, which already provides
$258,000 for the F. B. I. Of this
amount $108,000 is to meet a deficit
Incurred as a result of emergent ac
tivities in the Levine, Fried and other
cases and $150,000 is for construction
of a rifle range and barracks for fire
arms training at Quantico, Va.
Reports Criticized.
In recommending the $258,000 de
ficiency item, the House Appropria
tions Committee criticized reports
that Congress was responsible for the
financial troubles of the G-men. and
pointed out budget estimates always
had been granted or exceeded. Rec
ords of hearings show, however, the
budegt estimates almost invariably
have been far below the amount re
quested by the F. B. I., and that the
committee was aware of this when ap
propriations were granted.
Even with the deficiency item, the
P. B. I. will be forced to deduct $65,000
from nefct year's appropriation to close
this year’s deficit. This will leave the
bureau with less money for the next '
fiscal year than it started out with this
Rewards lip to $5,600.
PRINCETON, Fla., June 8 (A*).—Re
wards for the capture of the kidnapers
of James Bailey Cash, Jr., were aug
mented today to $5,000—half the
amount of the ransom.
The Miami Daily News posted $1.000
for information furnished authorities
leading to the abductors' arrest. Re
wards of similar amount had been
offered by the County Commission, the
Miami Beach City Council and an
anonymous Redlands citizen and $500
rewards had been posted by the Palm
Beach Council and a Pahokee resident.
Held in Shooting
Captured yesterday near
Conounngo, Md., Viggue of
New York was said by police
to have admitted taking part
in a gun battle with a Balti
more & Ohio Railroad special
policeman in the Bayview
yards at Baltimore Monday.
Herbert C. Fornwaldt, teleg
rapher, was wounded fatally
in the battle and Special Of
ficer Harry F. Lins was shot
in the arm. —A. P. Photo.
‘Bowl of Bice’ Affairs Planned in
1,032 Cities June 17—Local
Plans Mapped.
Nearly 1,000,000 Americans are ex
pected to attend ‘ bowl of rice parties”
being planned in 1,032 cities on June
17 to raise funds for the 50,000,000
Chinese refugees driven from their
homes by the invading forces of Ja
Plans for the Nation-wide campaign
are being made by Col. Theodore
Roosevelt, jr., chairman of the United
Council for Civilian Relief in China,
while Washington's part in the drive
is under direction of John M. Baer,
chairman of the local council.
Arrangements were made last night
at a meeting of the local council
to have “rosters” passed among
patrons of the 90 Chinese restaurants
in the city on June 17 for the signa
tures of patrons who make contribu
tions. The rosters will be presented
to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek.
Chinese girls dressed in native cos
tumes will pass the rosters among
hotel guests on June 17, it was an
Daughter of Chinese Envoy
Among Students Who
, Will Get Degrees.
Sons and daughters of members of
Washington's official and diplomatic
corps are among the 733 students to
be graduated from George Washington
University In Constitution Hall at 8
o clock tonight.
An-Fu Wang, daughter of the
Chinese Ambassador, will receive the
bachelor of arts degree, and Augusto
S. Boyd, jr., son of the Minister of •
Panama, and Alex Francis Castro of
El Salvador will receive certificates
from the junior college. >
Capitol Hill 1s represented with
Kathleen Bulow, daughter of Senator
of South Dakota and Mrs. William J.
Bulow, and Robert M. Lemke, son of
Representative from North Dakota
and Mrs. William Lemke, both receiv
ing the baccalaureate degree.
Alumni achievement awards will be
conferred on seven graduates of the
university, including Mrs. Joshua
Evans, Jr., Dr. Malcolm Graeme Gibbs ’
and Judge Leon Tobriner of Wash
ington; Alfred-Clum of Cleveland,
Alfred G. Karger of Cincinnati, F.
Howard Seely of San Francisco and
Walter E. Wiles of Chicago.
The ceremonies will open with the
academic procession and the Rev.
Peter Marshall of the New York Ave
nue Presbyterian Church, will pro
nounce the invocation.
President Cloyd Heck Marvin will
award certificates and confer degrees,
the candidates being presented for
their awards by the deans and direc
tors of the various colleges, schools -
and divisions. Benediction will be
offered by Dr. Marshall.
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Philatelic Society to Meet.
Hugh M. Clark, editor of the Scott's
Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue,
annual handbook of the philatelic r
world, will be guest of honor at a
meeting of the Washington Philatelic '
Society at 8 o’clock tonight in the
Carlton Hotel. Program arrangements
include an exhibition of covers by Mrs.
Edward B. Martin and a symposium
on stamp collecting in fiction.
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