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Washington News
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Society and General
Palmisano Sees No Hope
as Congress Nears
Fears Drivers Would Form One
Company and Put Dp $75,000
Blanket Policy.
A third effort to get an agree
ment on the controversial District
taxicab insurance bill before ad
journment was started today when
Chairman King of the District
Committee had the measure sent
to conference again.
Chairman Palmisano of the House
District Committee announced today
U would make no further effort to
*eek reconsideration of the compulsory
taxicab liability insurance bill at this
session of Congress.
"I am satisfied it would be futile
to attempt in the closing hours of
Congress to get the House to again
consider the taxicab bill,” he declared.
"I am convinced, too, if the present
bill is enacted into law, the 5,000 or
more taxi operators in Washington
would form one company and put up
a blanket $75,000 policy to escape the
Insurance. That amount would not
be sufficient to give the public proper
"At the next session of Congress
the committee will sponsor a new bill
that will be free of loopholes that
might allow a cab operator to escape
carrying a policy sufficient to protect
the riding public. I’ll guarantee that
now, and the taxicab liability legisla
tion will be placed as No. 1 on the
committee's must program in the next
Earlier, Representative Nichols,
Democrat, of Oklahoma held out a
faint ray of hope that Congress might,
before adjournment, enact the taxicab
insurance bill.
The long-sought legislation was
virtually killed in the House late
yesterday, when it rejected a con
ference report on a bill that would
have required Washington’s 5,000 cabs
to carry separate liability insurance
Insists on Individual Policies.
The House objection to the con
ference report is a Senate approved
provision that would allow operators
of cab fleets to create a sinking fund
or provide surety bonds as an alter
native for individual policies for each
cab. The House insists on individual
The taxicab liability bill met its
death as it reached the very threshold
of enactment. Only House approval
of the conference report was needed
to send it to the White House for
President Roosevelt’s signature. But
the House refused to accept the re
port by a decisive 104-27 vote.
Lobby Activity Blamed.
Mr. Nichols laid the blame for op
position to the bill to Harry C.
Davis, president of the Independent
Taxi Owners’ Association, which oper
ates the Diamond cabs.
Although the House rejected the
taxicab conference report, it passed
a number of other District bills. The
major ones on which legislative action
was completed will make more than
$33,000,000 available for public im
provements and to initiate a compre
hensive program of slum clearance
and low-rent housing projects.
One of the measures approved a
Senate bill changing the Alley Dwell
ing Authority Act, which will turn
loose about $15,000,000 to rid Wash
ington of its slums. The other au
thorizes the District to borrow $18,
150,000 of Public Works Administra
tion funds for a construction program
under the 45 per cent grant terms en
joyed by the States.
Both of these measures are on their
way to the White House for the Pres
ident’s signature.
Other bills passed by the House and
ready for the President's signature
1— Modernization of the original
District zoning law enacted in 1920.
2— Simplifying proceduce in levying
and collecting taxes and assessments.
3— Authorizing the Healing Arts
Commission to issue a license to Dr.
Sigfried Speyer.
Three other bills passed by the
House, however, await Senate ap
proval. These provide:
1— An increase in the height limit
of property on the southeast corner of
Thirteenth street and Massachusetts
avenue N.W. from 90 to 110 feet.
2— An amendment to the charter of
the Society of American Florists ana
Ornamental Horticulturists.
3— An amendment to the District
banking code to enable trust com
panies to follow the same procedure as
national banks in reducing capitaliza
House action on these bills cleared
It* calendar of all pending District
The amendments to the Alley Dwell
ing Authority legislation contain three
Important provisions: First, the Au
thority is authorized to acquire prop
erty outside of alley squares to provide
housing for families substantially
equal In number to those whose
dwellings it demolishes in the alley
squares; second, It is empowered to
borrow $1,000,000 a year for five years
from the Treasury for reclamation
of slums not adapted to low-cost
housing, and, third, it may borrow
from the United States Housing
Authority for low-rent housing.
The Authority announced it will
call a meeting to formulate its future
program as soon as the President
signs the bill.
Willard E. Givens Honored.
Willard E. Givens, executive secre
tary of the National Education Asso
ciation here, was given the degree of
LL. D. at Indiana University yester
day. Mr. Givens lives at 4329 Biagdyn
avenue N.W.
.. A
Beauty Contest Winners
Miss Gladys Powell, 18, center, placed first in a beauty con
test staged last night by the Bethesda Fire Department to select
the girl who will represent them at the State firemen’s conven
tion Saturday in Baltimore. As winner she was presented with a
gold wrist watch.
Miss Evelynne Gummel, left, was presented a dramatic
school scholarship and Miss Julia Lee Robey, right, a dancing
school scholarship, as runners-up in the contest.
____—Star Staff Photo.
‘Installment’ of $285,000 to
Continue Work—Bids
Are Opened.
A second '‘Installment" of $285,000
for continuing the Washington Chan
nel water front development became
available today when President Roose
velt signed the War Department Civil
Appropriations Act for 1939.
At 3 p.m. today bids covering 67
items of construction in the first two
units of the water front development
project were to be opened in the
office of Maj. W. D. Luplow, Army en
gineer for the local district. This con
struction, made possible by the first
allocation of funds, will inaugurate
officially the long-sought local water
front development program.
The second installment of $285,000
is the same in amount as the first.
Like the first, it must be augmented
by a contribution of $64,000 from the
District of Columbia, making a total
of $349,000 available for expenditure
in each increment, or a total of $698,
000 which now is available for the
water front program.
Allocation of Funds.
At the same time the allocation of
other funds for river and harbor work
in Maj. Luplow’s district was an
nounced, incuding $7,000 for Wash
ington Harbor. This item will cover
maintenance and operation of the
Tidal Basin gates and other small
recurring items. The $7,000 is part
of a $40,000 grant for examinations,
surveys and contingencies in the
Washington district—a regular annual
Maj. Luplow was given an allocation
of $15,600 for work in Neale Sound,
Md., opening from the Potomac River
opposite Colonial Beach, Va.; $19,500
for work in St. Jeromes Creek, opening
into Chesapeake Bay near the mouth
of the Potomac, and $15,700 for work
in Hoskins Creek, opening into the
Rappahannock River near Tappahan
nock, Va.
The program of improvement for the
Washington Channel water front, as
now scheduled, provides for an eight
year period of construction, of which
funds for two years now are available
as a result of today’s allocation.
; Completion of Basin.
The first part of the construction
program, covered by today’s bids, calls
for completion of the east halves of
Yacht Basins Nos. 1 and 2 for which
the estimated cost is about $340,000,
virtually exhausting the first allotment
of funds, made last year.
The second phase of the program,
to be financed with the funds allocated
today, will be the completion of the
west halves of the two yacht basins.
These two basins occupy most of the
w'ater front in the upper part of the
Washington Channel. No. 1, with a
length of 1.000 feet along the shore,
will have berths or stalls for 92 craft,
varying from 20 to 80 feet in length.
Basin No. 2. with 570 feet of shore
frontage drownstream from the Mu
nicipal Fish Wharf, will have berths
for 77 craft from 25 to 77 feet in
length and 22 berths adjacent to floats
for use of boats under 25 feet in length.
With the present scattered yacht
ing facilities removed from other sec
tions of the water front into these two
yachting basins, It is expected that the
third stage of construction work will
include one of the commercial piers
projected as a part of the program.
The $196,962,867 War Department
non-miljjary appropriation bill, signed
by the President today, contains
$70,020,000 for regular river and har
bor work and $113,000,000 for flood
control.. Of the latter amount, $31,
000,000 was earmarked for expenditure
on the Mississippi River.
The bill also carried $181,930 for
expenses of the high commissioner to
the Philippines.
Or. Allen to Be Speaker.
Agriculture Local No. 2 of the United
Federal Workers of America announced
today Dr. Bushrod Allen of the Land
Co-ordinating Committee will speak
on “Agricultural Planning by Farm
ers’’ at a meeting of the local at t pm.
tomorrow at 532 Seventeenth street
Fund Is Sought to Assure
Permanently Sound
Financial Basis.
The President’s Cup Regatta As
sociation today launched an under
writing campaign to raise a "back
log” of $10,000 in order to put the
regatta, scheduled this year for Sep
tember 17-25, on a permanently sound
financial basis.
The association is inviting sub
scriptions of from $1 up, offering
subscribers of $25 or more member
ship in the association and the
Po’c'sle Club, with a discount on
tickets for regatta events other than
banquets amounting to 10 per cent
of the .subscription and preferential
choice of seats or tickets for the
gay nineties ball, gold cup cruises,
pageant, sail and speed boat races.
The financial plan was outlined tat’
members of the Fo’c’sle Club, the
"working crew” of the regatta associa
tion, at its first luncheon meeting of
the year at the Raleigh Hotel yes
terday by James A. Councilor, gen
eral chairman of the 1938 regatta.
Captains Appointed.
Mr. Councilor appointed several
members of the Fo'c’sle Club cap
tains of team to work in the under
writing campaign. A goal of $500 in
subscriptions during the next six
weeks was set for each team. An
other team is being organized among |
members of the Junior Board of
Any excess of receipts over ex
penses for the year's operations of
the regatta association will be dis
tributed pro rata to underwriters as
a liquidating dividend, Mr. Councilor
The regatta has stayed in the
“black" financially for several years
only through support of private con
tributors, Mr. Councilor explained in
announcing the new underwriting
campaign. He pointed out that op
erating receipts for the 1937 regatta
approximated $7,500, while expendi
tures amounted to nearly $14,000.
150 Entries Expected.
L. Gordon Leech, chairman of the
regatta racing division, told the
Fo’c’sle Club he planned to go to
New York this week to complete the
schedule for the racing events of
the 1938 regatta. Indications are
that an outstanding group of con
testants will compete for the Presi
dent’s Gold Cup and in other events,
he said.
In addition to the exciting power
boat races approximately 150 entries
are expected in a dozen classes of
sailing races to thrill the visitors ex
pected here during regatta week.
Arrangements were completed at
the luncheon yesterday for the Gold
Cup "Trans-Atlantic” Cruise, planned
for benefit of the regatta fund. The
cruise is scheduled for next Monday
evening aboard the steamship Poto
The New Liberty Limited, latest
and most modern train on the Penn
sylvania Railroad, was opened for
public inspection at Union Station
today and will remain so until 9 p.m.
tonight. Tomorrow afternoon the
train will pull out of the station here
at exactly 5:10 o’clock, with Mrs.
James A. Parley, wife of the Post
master General, in the engine cab
with her hand on the throttle to set
the train in motion.
In the dedicatory ceremonies pre
ceding departure of the train for its
regular Chicago run, Vice President
R. C. Morse of the Pennsylvania will
represent the railroad. A tape of
ribbon will be held across the track
for the engine to break as it rolls out,
the holders being Vivien Nelson,
daughter of Comdr. and Mrs. H. 8.
Nelson, U. 8. N., and Laetitia Ord,
daughter of Mrs. James G. Ord, and
the late U. CoL Ord, U. 8. A.
At precisely the same hour, the East
bound New Liberty Limited will leave
Chicago for Washington, after ap
propriate ceremonies in the western
Montgomery Reorganization
Suggestion Brings Honor
to Subcommittee.
June 27 Meeting Is Called on
Unfinished Business—Banquet

By r. Staff Correspondent of The Star.
BETHESDA, Md., June 14.—The
Montgomery County Civic Federation
adjourned last night until June 27
after unanimously re-electing its presi
dent, H. S. Yohe, choosing other offi
cers and voting that The Evening Star
Cup for outstanding civic work be
awarded jointly to Allen H. Gardner,
W. Scott Macgill and Arthur A. Barker
as members of a subcommittee which
studied and reported on reorganization
of the county government.
Last night’s session was to have con
cluded the federation’s activities of the
season. Due to the amount of un
finished business, however, the meet
ing was adjourned until the later date.
It will be held, as usual, at the Be
thesda Elementary School.
O. M. Kile was re-elected vice presi
dent and W. B. Horne re-elected
treasurer. Miss Erma Kile, sister of
the vice president, was elected as re
cording secretary, ' being the first
woman officer of the federation. As a
tribute she was given a unanimous
rising vote. Winston Hobbs was elected
corresponding secretary. Col. O. P. M.
Brown of Edgemoor, the only other
nominee for The Star Cup; Josiah W.
Jones, Rhees E. Burket and Guy Clin
ton were named to the Executive Com
Vote Is Made Unanimous.
Those named for award of The Star
Cup were chosen on the merit of their
report, which went into the legal
phases of the question, but urged that
an impartial outside agency be em
ployed at county expense to study the
county’s governmental needs. Their
names were presented to the member
ship by the Executive Committee. Col.
Brown was nominated from the floor
on the basis of his work as chairman
of the federation's Legislation and
Legal Action Committee. After re
turns of a vote, 44 to 28, CoL Brown
withdrew voluntarily and asked that
the vote be made unanimous in favor
of the subcommittee members. This
was done.
Dr. Edmund A. Walsh, vice (ireglf
dent of Georgetown University ana
regent of its Foreign Service School,
will be guest speaker at the annual
banquet of the federation to be held
at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the George
town Preparatory School on the Rock
ville pike. The Evening Star Cup will
be presented at the banquet, which
is'expected to be the most successful
yet held.
President Yohe delivered his annual
report, declaring "too frequently those
who come into the couhty as new
I comers are saddled with high assess
i ments and taxes, thereby being forced
to bear an unjust share of the expense
of county government, while certain
other elements escape lightly.” It is
high time he citizens were informed
of such points, Mr. Yohe said. He
advocated levying of more proper as
Warns Against Political Taint.
Mr. Yohe urged that the member
ship always keep “principles" in mind
and to keep the Federation free of all
“political taint.”
A resolution requested that the
Maryland-National Capital Park and
Planning Commission serve written
notice of the filing of zoning appli
cations, stating the time and place
of any set hearings, on all citizens’
associations and civic bodies in whose
territory are Involved the property
Also introduced was a resolution
suggesting that steps be taken to
secure District legislation which would
permit Maryland officers going into
the District during a chase to arrest
any one having committed a felony.
It was referred to committee for .study.
Jacob W. Bulger, chairman of the
Schools Committee, will submit a re
port at the Federation’s next meeting
recommending carrying out the full
school program adopted several
months ago by the Federation and
suggesting that a Federal loan be se
cured to aid in its financing.
While the report will not mention
any figure, the program adopted last
fall was the same as the program rec
ommended by the County Board of
Education, calling for expenditure of
$724,000 over a two-year period. The
School Board has been considering re
questing a loan of approximately $400,
000 from the Government, of which 45
per cent would be a grant under the
pending relief bill. The Board of
County Commissioners has refused to
issue any bonds for schools hereto
fore, but several members are known
to favor asking a Federal loan under
' which the county would save 45 per
cent of the total cost.
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Student Disappeared Saturday
* Night, Mother Reports.
No trace had been found today of
John Arthur Hyman, 13-year-old jun
ior high school student, whose mother
last night requested police to search
for him up and down the Atlantic sea
board. Mrs. Gertrude Hyman. 5009
Seventh street N.W., reported to the
public relations squad of the Metro
politan Police that young Hyman had
disappeared Saturday night and no
word had been received from him
Mrs. Hyman said friends of the
youth, who is a student at the Paul
Junior High School and carrier boy
for a local newspaper, revealed he had
been talking about going South, but
she added that the trip was to have
been made later in the summer and
with her oonsent when the boy took
his vacation. His mother formerly
was a resident of Georgia.
Parade and Speeches Mark Flag Day
These children from Force School, 1700 block of Massachusetts avenue N.W., paraded today
from Twelfth and L streets N.W. to the Departmental Auditorium behind blaring bands in honor
of Flag Day. Here they are marching up Constitution avenue N.W.
Court Is Recessed for a Day
After Witness Tells of
Wife’s Bludgeoning.
Trial of former Fireman James L.
Landis on a charge of fatally blud
geoning his young wife will be resumed
tomorrow after a day’s recess.
The furious beating suffered by the
22-year-old matron was described to
the Jury of 10 men and 2 women
late yesterday by Deputy Coroner
Christopher J. Murphy.
Dr. Murphy qualified as an expert
and testified that, in his opinion, Mrs.
Landis was fatally wounded on the
morning of March 24 by a jagged stone
found near where the girl was discov
ered unconscious on a lonely stretch
of Twenty-fourth street N.E.
Mrs. Landis, who had been separated
from her husband since August, died
at Casualty Hospital on March 26.
Dr. Murphy told the jury that he
compared the stone, which was of
fered in evidence by the Government,
with compound fractures in the girl’s
Assistant United States Attorney
Cecil R. Heflin, in his opening state
ment, outlined the case against Landis
and ashed for a conviction of first
degree murder. He explained that the
penalty for such a conviction would
be warranted if the Government can
prove a "deliberate and premeditated"
slaying. ’
At conclusion of yesterday's testi
mony Justice Jesse C. Atkins recessed
the trial until tomorrow because he
will be occupied with another case
73 Examined for Jury.
The defendant is represented by At
torneys E. Russell Kelly and Je&n M.
Boardman, who waived their right to
make an opening statement to the
jufy- Sixty-one prospective Jurors
were examined and excused before the
10 men and 2 women were accepted,
about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
In his cross-examination of Dr.
Murphy, Mr. Kelly attempted to show
that Mrs. Landis might have been
injured in a fall. The defendant told
police, they said, that he took his wife
for a ride on the night she was in
jured and that she jumped from his
moving automobile after they had an
Mr. Heflin told the Jury the prose
cution expects to prove that Landis
had been going with Miss Virginia
Lee vSimpson, a comely brunette and
student nurse, who has been sum
moned to the trial to testify for the
The prosecutor said that after Lan
dis "deserted” his wife last August he
met Miss Simpson and gave her a
"diamond engagement ring” and a
wrist watch. Miss Simpson left Wash
ington and returned to her home at
Atkinson, N. C., when she read in the
newspapers that Landis had been ar
rest^!. The young woman, it was
said, had not known that Landis was
Landis was on duty at the fireboat
station from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the
morning his wife was fatally injured.
Summoned to Identify Wife.
He was called to Casualty Hospital
to identify his wife several hours after
she was found in the street by the
driver of a milk delivery truck.
Landis at first told police, they
said, that he did not leave the fire
station until called on to visit the
hospital. Later, police said, Landis
admitted that he slipped away from
the station unobserved to drive to
the home where his wife boarded, at
2014 Monroe street N.E.
The defendant was quoted as having
said that he got into an argument
with his wife and she leaped from his
car while it was moving. He added,
according to police, that he went back
to find her bleeding, and, becoming
frightened, drove back to the station.
He was not seen when he went back
to bed at the firehouse that morning.
Blood Claes Found.
Landis was arrested after detectives
noticed a blood stain on his shirt and
another on his ear. Dr. Murphy testi
fied that a later test made Upon his
hands revealed they recently had been
cleaned of blood stains.
Among 48 witnesses summoned by
the Government is a jeweler said to
have sold Landis a diamond ring and
a wedding ring last March. Landis,
Mr. Heflin said, gave Miss Simpson
the diamond ring. The girl, after
learning of the tragedy, returned the
diamond ring through a friend, who
gave it to the mother of the defendant.
The Washington Youth Conference,
originally scheduled to be held June
24-26, at the Mount Pleasant Congre
gation Church, has been postpohed
until the fall, it was announced today.
The new date for the convening of
the conference has been set tentatively
for November, in order to accommo
date the various organizations which
are not in session during the summer
“Our flag! We love it!" says Senator Walsh in a speech at
the Departmental Auditorium. —Star Staff Photos.
Callaghan to Succeed Him
as Naval Aide at the
White House.
Capt. Walter B. Woodson, U. S. N., j
naval aide to President Roosevelt,
will relieve Rear Admiral Gilbert J.
Rowcliff as judge advocate general
of the Navy June 20.' Capt. Woodson
will be advanced to the rank of rear
admiral upon taking over his new
At the same time the Navy De
partment announced the assignment
of Comdr. Daniel J. Callaghan, now
operations officer on the staff of the
commander of cruisers. Scouting
Force, as the new naval aide. Comdr.
Callaghan was slated for promotion
to captain by the Naval Selection
Board, which met here last Novem
ber, but no date has been set for his
Admiral Rowcliff will take over
command of cruisers, Scouting Force,
relieving Rear Admiral J. K. Taussig,
who is slated to become commandant
of the 5th Naval District, with head
quarters at Norfolk, Va.
Capt. Woodson will continue as
naval aide to the President tem
porarily in addition to his new duties
as judge advocate general until the
departure of President Roosevelt on
his proposed Western trip. Comdr.
Callaghan will take over the post of
aide upon the arrival of President
Roosevelt on the Pacific Coast.
G. W. Law School Graduate.
The new judge advocate general is
well known in Washington, having
served two term* as assistant judge
advocate general. He was graduated
in law with distinction from George
Washington University Law School
in 1914»with the degree of LL. B. He
is a member of the bar of the Dis
trict Court, the Court of Appeals of
the District and of the United States
Supreme Court.
A native of Lynchburg, Va., where
he was bom October 18, 1881, Capt.
Woodson was appointed to the Naval
Academy in 1901 and while there was
outstanding in boxing and baseball.
As flag secretary and communications
officer on the staff of the commander
of Battleship Force 2 of the Atlantic
Fleet during the World War he won
a special letter of commendation.
He married Ruth Halford of Wash
ington in September, 1911.
Comdr. Callaghan also has seen
service in Washington. From the
close of the World War until October,
1920, he was on duty in the Bureau
of Navigation, Navy Department.
Callaghan California Native.
Bom in San Francisco July 26,1890,
Comdr. Callaghan was graduated from
St. Ignatius College there in 1911.
He also was prominent in athletics,
starring in baseball and footbalL He
was appointed to the Naval Academy
from California in 1907.
In 1912 Comdr. Callaghan partici
pated in the first Nicaraguan cam
paign under Brig. Gen. Smedley D.
Butler, U. 8. M. C. During the World
War he was executive officer of the
cruiser New Orleans on convoy duty.
Since leaving Washington in 1920
he has been almost entirely on fleet
duty, alternating with two terms of
service in the Pacific Coast Section
of the Board of Inspection and Sur
By-Laws Changed to Allow
Specific Designation
by Contributors.
The Community Chest will allow
contributors to choose the agency to
receive their gifts in the annual cam
paign next fall.
Decision to make possible this
designation was voted by the Board
of Trustees at a meeting in the Cham
ber of Commerce Building yesterday.
Under the previous by-laws, which
were changed yesterday, designation
served only to indicate interest.
Under the new plan each agency
will be budgeted before the campaign
and each contributior, along with his
pledge card, will receive a list of the
agencies from which he may pick
those to whom he wishes his donation
to go. Not more than 50 per cent of
any one gift may go to any one
Whether or not the Chest goal is
reached, each agency will receive all
funds designated to it up to the
amount of the budget allowed it, re
gardless of amounts received by other
The change in the by-laws was
sponsored by William J. Flather,Cam
paign chairman, who said it would
furnish an argument against any one
who might refuse to give because of a
dislike of any one agency in the group.
Herbert L. Willett, Chest director,
however, expressed the hope that the
majority of contributors still will make
a community gift as usual, leaving dis
tribution to the Budget Committee.
President Coleman Jennings stated
in his report that the Executive Com
mittee has authorized officials and
staff of the Chest to co-operate with
the Better Business Bureau in elimi
nating charity rackets from Wash
Railroad Derrick Is Required to
Liberate Fred Miller in
B. A 0. Accident.
Fred Miller, 45-year-old employe of
the Baltimore A Ohio Railroad, suf
fered injuries to his left hand and
wrist today when a load* of freight In
a boxcar shifted and pinned him
against the side of the car in Bethesda.
Mr. Miller, who lives in Hyattsvllle,
was held against the side of the car
for more than 20 minutes. A railroad
derrick was employed to remove the
freight and liberate Mr. Miller. He was
taken to Georgetown Hospital.
By the Soldiers' Home Band in the
band stand at 7 o’clock tonight. John
S. M Zimmermann, bandmaster;
Anton Potntner, assistant.
By the Navy Band at the District
War Memorial in West Potomac Park
at 7:30 o’clock tonight. Lt. Charles
Benter, leader; Charles Brendler, as
By the Marine Band in the formal
garden at Walter Reed Hospital at
6:30 o’clock tonight. Capt. Taylor
Branson, leader; William 7. Santel
mann, assistant.
Senator’s Talk Is Highlight
of Patriotic Program
in Capital.
Gen. Cox, Another Speaker, Cite#
Citizens’ Major Peace-Time
The Stars and Stripes were hailed
today by Senator Walsh, Democrat,
of Massachusetts, in a Flag Day
speech at the Departmental Audi
torium, as the symbols of individual
liberty and equality of opportunity "in
a drab and disillusioned world.”
Our chief current national problem.
Senator Walsh said, is the preservation
of the "soul and spirit of America,”
to which he added in explanation:
"The economic problems of the day,
becoming more and more complex,
evolve around the struggle of the
masses in their natural aspirations to
have a reasonable chance in life.
"In every part of the world the
struggle now, often involving political
reconstructions, is allegedly, but not
always in reality, for a more equitable
distribution of wealth and opportuni
ties. In certain countries the masse*
have and are going to dangerous ex
tremes in their attempts to win this
struggle which, in different form, is
here also.”
Senator Walsh’s speech was the high
light of the patriotic demonstration at
the auditorium arranged by Post 42,
American Legion, in commemoration
of the 161st anniversary of the adop
tion of the Stars and Stripes as our
national flag.
A parade headed by the bands of the
Sons of the American Legion and the
Takoma Boys’ Band, who swung down
Twelfth street to Constitution avenue
from the Thomson School, at Twelfth
and L streets N.W., preceded the cere
monies at the auditorium, where the
Navy Band played.
The National Honor Guard of the
American Legion and students of the
Force Public School marched behind
the bands to the auditorium, at Con
stitution avenue and Thirteenth street
N.W. The youngest children in the
school were taken to the auditorium
in buses.
Gen. Albert L. Cox, national com
mander of the Order of the World
War and commander of the District
National Guard, who, with Senator
Walah, was the main speaker, said:
“Not alone through the wars in
which this Nation has been engaged,
not only in the battles that through the
courage, but In times of peace as well,
our flag has envisioned to its Nation’s
saia opportunities equally as great and
achievements as necessary to the wel
fare of our people.”
Gen. Cox cited as major peace-time
accomplishments beneath the flag the
work of Gen. Goethals in routing yel
low fever from Panama, Alexander
Graham Bell's invention of the tele
phone and Col. Lindbergh’s flight
across the Atlantic.
Cdlors to Be Dedicated.
The colors were dedicated at the
auditorium by Fred Money, first vice
commander of the American Legion
Department of the District of Co
.The Rev. Albert Joseph McCartney
gave the invocation and the Rev. Zr
Barney Phillips pronounced the bene
While the Army Band plays, more
than 100 flags will be raised in cere
monies at 7:30 tonight at the east
front of the Capitol. The band will
accompany Mrs. Katherine Warren
when she sings the "Star Spangled
Banner.” Thirteen flags represent
ing the original States, will be car
ried by 13 Boy Scouts.
Representative Harold Knutson. Re
publican, of Minnesota is to speak
The ceremony is sponsored by th<
Women’s Relief Corps, auxiliary of thi
Grand Army of the Republic. Colors
will be presented by Percy Parkei,
colorbearer of the G. A. R.
Many Flags Displayed.
Citisens, meanwhile, were display
ing their own flags before places o
business and homes in response to e
request by the District Commissioner?
Their children were to participate in
school ceremonies. Maj. Samuel J.
McWilliams was to speak at Western
High School; the Rev. Peter Marshall,
pastor of the New York Avenue Pres
byterian Church, at Woodrow Wilson
Barrett Prettyman, former corpora
tion counsel, at Roosevelt, and Dar.
Campbell at Eastern.
Commissioners Appoint Chief
Medical Officers and Others
Taking advantage of funds provided
in the District's 1939 Appropriation
Act for expansion of the public health
program, the Commissioners today
announced the appointment of four
full-time medical officers to the staff
of Galllnger Municipal Hnupital.
The appointments are effective July
1, and by that time the Commission
ers plan to add a fifth chief medical
officer, 10 nurses and 5 minor em
ployes to the Galllnger staff.
The four medical officers named to
day, each of whom will receive an
annual salary of $5,600, are:
Dr. jJ. Roes Veal, formerly with the
Louisiana 8tate University Medical
Center at New Orleans, who was made
chief medical officer in the surgery
division; Dr. Albert Sullivan, formerly
of New Haven, who was appointed
chief medical officer in the division
of medicine; Dr. Lewis K. Sweet,
formerly of the United States Chil
dren’s Bureau, who was made chief
medical officer in pediatrics, and Dr.
Charles P. Cake, now part-time at
tending physician at the District Tu
berculosis Clinic, who was made chief
medical officer In the Galllnger tuber
culosis division.

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