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_WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1939. ** _ B—l*’ Auto Mishaps Kill One and Hurt Several Driver Killed in Maryland When Auto Hits Culvert Thanksgiving Day saw one dead and several injured from traffic mis haps in the Washington area. . Harry M. Newberry, 34, of 911 M street N.W., was killed instantly last night near Clarksburg, Md. Mary land police said his automobile ap parently swerved from the highway on a curve, striking a culvert. Philip F. Reifkin, 53, of 1629 Co lumbia road N.W., was in a critical condition at Casualty Hospital from * injuries received in a collision with a truck while crossing in the 1000 block of Fifth street N.W. He re ceived a skull injury and a frac ture of the right arm. Another pedestrian seriously in jured was Miss Esther A. Roberts, 33. of 1335 Lawrence street N.W. Police said she was struck by a street car in the 700 block of Four teenth street N.W. last night. She was admitted to Emergency Hos pital *with a skull injury. Woman Hit by Auto. Alice H. Phillips, 56, of the 400 block of Third street N.W. was struck by an automobile while cross ing the street near her home. She was treated by a private physician for injuries to her right leg and bruises. William H. Elliott, 77, of Stafford, Va., suffered an injured leg and shock in a collision at Thirty-fourth and M streets N.W. He was treated at Georgetown Hospital. John Mahoney, 50, of 415 Third street N.W., received slight injuries to his leg when struck by a taxicab, . police said, in the first block of E street N.W. The driver of the cab carried Mr. Mahoney to Sibley Hos pital, where he was treated and re leased. Miss Helen H. Young, 31. of the 1300 block of Fifteenth street N.W., was in Emergency Hospital with head and back injuries. Police re ported she tripped and fell after alighting from a taxicab, striking her head on the curbing. Child Is Struck. A 10-year-old child. Lillian Adams of IOOV2 C street S.E., was treated at Providence Hospital for injuries received when struck by an automo bile in the 300 block of Second street S E. Four employes of the Maryland State Roads Commission escaped with nothing more serious than a ducking when a truck in which they were riding struck a culvert at Broad Creek, in Prince Georges County, yesterday. Two others, John A. Fisher, 45. of Greenock, and Cleveland Buck, 46, of Upper Marl boro were treated for bruises and lacerations. Taskell Ryan, 27, of Kensington, Md„ suffered lacerations and in juries to his shoulder and forehead early today when, police said, his automobile ran into a parked truck on the Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington County. He was taken to Emergency Hospital by the Claren don Rescue Squad for treatment. 44 Pet. of Utility Stocks Behind in Dividends By the Associated Press. A survey showed 44 per cent of the preferred stock of utility hold ing companies and their operating subsidiaries held by the public be hind in dividends, according to the public utilities division of the Se curities and Exchange Commission. The arrears amounted to $372. 487.414 at the end of 1938. the di vision said, on stock held by 595,697 Investors. It recommended that at least 20 Utility holding companies with as sets aggregating $6,500,000,000 be recapitalized. The financial recon struction of utilities with unsound capital was “one of the most press ing problems” facing it, the division said. “There are a number of operat ing companies and some hold ing companies which undoubtedly should be able to clear up their ar rearages without recapitalization,” the report said. “However, there are some operating companies and, to a greater extent, holding compan ies where the arrearages are so great in relation to earnings avail able for preferred stock dividends that recapitalization is inevitable.” Exfra Christmas Vehicles Sought by Post Office The Washington post office today asked for bids on the use of extra vehicles to help carry the heavy load of Christmas mail from De cember 18 to 26. Postmaster Vincent C. Burke will receive proposals until 2 p.m.. De cember 11, for the hire of trucks on an hourly basis. Approximately 125 will be needed, and each will be aoonirflcl fen. oirrVtt . J__ longer during the approximately eight days. The owner of the ve hicle must keep it in order, pay the expense of operation and drive It or furnish a satisfactory substi tute. The driver will be "expected to assist in handling and delivering - . mail. These temporary substitute letter carriers will be paid 65 cents an hour, in addition to the contract price paid for use of the trucks. Forms on which to submit pro posals are available at the motor vehicle service, room 3077, city post office. Gasoline Consumption Up RICHMOND. Va.. Nov. 23 t>P>.— Virginia motorists consumed 22, 086,463 more gallons of gasoline dur ing the first 10 months of 1939 than they did during the same period in 1938. The state division of motor vehicles reported yesterday that total gallonage for the 10 months was 318,470,413 and the State revenue $15,924,435.22, an In crease of $1,149,243.80 over last year. f ■ 'mil HE'LL EAT TURKEY, TOO—William Cook of 1729 Bay street S.E., who was stricken with infantile paralysis 10 days ago, smiles from his iron lung as he waits for his Thanksgiving dinner at Gallinger Hospital. With him is his nurse, Mrs. Mabel Sherman. —Star Staff Photo. __ Lack of Funds Soon To Half Work at Anacostia Park Job Will Take TO Years To Finish at Present Rate of Appropriations Lack of funds next month will bring work on the Anacostia Park sea walls to a close for the year. During the past summer sea wall construction work has been in prog ress in section G of the park, be tween Berming road and the District line. The final work now is being com pleted on a stretch of Shore line just below the Potomac Electric Power Co. powerhouse on the eastern bank of the Anacostia. At the current rate of congres sional appropriations for develop ment of Anacostia Park, regarded as one of the most unusual city parks in the country, the work will not be completed for a least 10 yeaTs, it is estimated. Although appropriations began at the rate of $250,000 a year, they have fallen off to a $50,000 average and a total of more than $500,000 is required for work necessary to permit public pni nvmon t nf f i c nnnenal avaa much of which now can be reached only by boat. 18 Miles of Sea Wall. Approximately 18 miles of sea wall will be required before the park can be fully developed for public use. The Anacostia River has been de veloped with a channel 24 feet deep and 400 feet wide from its mouth to the Anacostia Bridge, with a turning basin 400 by 2,500 feet in size at the Washington Navy Yard. Above the yard there is a channel 24 feet deep and 200 feet wide to the foot of Fif teenth street S.E., with a turning basin 400 by 400 feet at this point. The present project calls for im provement of the river and reclama tion and development of adjacent flats from the mouth to the District line, a distance of 6 Vi miles, with a channel depth of 15 feet between Fifteenth street and Massachusetts avenue, 9 feet from there to Benning road and 6 feet from Benning road to the District line. Variety of Terrain. The masonry sea walls being com structed along the tidal channel of the river throughout its length are on riprap stone foundations and are of concrete with a dressed stone facing to a height of 6 feet above mean low water. The completed parkway will make available to the public an area rich in a variety of terrain, ranging from wild rice marshes similar to those of Louisiana and channel-threaded islands resembling the savannas of Georgia to the wooded heights of the National Arboretum on Mount Hamilton. It will provide a tfide range of conditions for water sports and recreation, according to Army engineers in charge of the project. The new parkway eventually is to provide the National Capital with a motor parkway approach from Baltimore and New York which is expected in time to become one of the most beautiful approaches to any American city. Professor Is Named To Neutrality Body Charles G. Fenwick, professor of political science at Bryn Mawr Col lege, has been designated by Presi dent Roosevelt as this country’s rep resentative on the Inter-American Neutrality Committee, Acting Sec retary of State Sumner Welles an nounced yesterday. The committee, set up by the re cent Manama conierence or the American republics for the duration of the European war to study prob lems of neutrality and make recom mendations to the American gov ernments, will begin sessions in Rio de Janeiro soon. Besides the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Ar gentina and Chile will be represent ed on the committee. Prof. Fenwick, recognized as an expert on international law, attend ed the 1936 inter-American confer ence for the maintenance of peace at Buenos Aires. Garden Club to Meet The Sligo Park Hills Garden Club will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Smith, 8601 Carrol lane, at 8 p.m. Monday, Stuart M. Armstrong, corresponding secretary, announced today. M Victim of Paralysis Rallies After Iron Lung Is Secured Father of Two Children, Once Near Death, Plans To Eat Turkey Today William Cook has more reason than most people for counting his blessings today. He’s going to live. Just a week ago last Tuesday the 28-year-old bus driver and father of two children came to Galllnger Hos pital suffering from a backache, headache and fever. His legs grew shaky and the strength was rapidly ebbing from his arms. There wasn’t much doubt in the mind of Dr. Cecil E. Miller as he ex amined his patient. Infantile pa ralysis—in its progressive stages. The next morning the dreaded di sease had spread to Mr. Cook's lungs. Breathing came hard, and the young man knew that he had a pretty stiff fight on his hands. Something had to be done—and done quickly. The sole iron lung at the hospital was being used by 12-year-old William Taylor in the next room. Dr. Miller told Mr. Cook how his youthful nevtdoor neigh bor had spent almost three months in the life-giving machine. The bus driver was impressed—even though the shadows of unconsciousness hovered near—and he was deter mined to stay alive until another lung could be found. Meanwhile, Dr. Edgar A. Bocock, the hospital's superintendent, im presed with the young man’s grit, had taken a hand. He, too, knew it was only a matter of hours now. \ After hunting throughout the city, i Dr. Bocock finally found the needed iron lung through the Navy Depart ment and rushed it to the hospital. Mr. Cook was placed in the ma chine. The fever dropped down to normal and the young man im proved to a point where Dr. Bocock feels his chances are “excellent.” Today Mr. Cook, still in the iron lung, planned to have turkey and cranberry sauce. It was a real day for Thanksgiving. Bar Backs Probe Of Collection Practices Support of the inquiry which the District Bar Association has launched into questionable sales and collection practices of certain credit and in stallment houses was expressed in a letter, made public today, from Harry S. Wender, first vice president and chairman of the Law and Legis lative Committee of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations, to Sefton Darr, president of the Bar Associa tion. “The repossession ‘racket” is a matter that deserves particular at tention,” Mr. Wender said, “and is one which is now under investigation by a committee of the American Automobile Association in this city.” Mr. Wender added: "A vicious practice of certain finance com panies wh'ich has recently been called to my attention has to do with the ‘kiting’ of promissory notes whereby the purchaser’s original contract is transferred from one agency to another, so that it is im possible for him to know where or when he is to pay the installments on his indebtedness. Nevertheless, his failure to pay an installment when it is due brings about the immediate ‘snatching’ of his car, whir.h i.c nnt. reftimcH tn Viim until he has paid the necessary ‘ransom’ charges, including the balance due, repossession and storage fees, etc.'’ Pointing out that the Federation of Citizens’ Associations long has been interested in stopping such practices, Mr. Wender offered the co-operation of its Committee on Law and Legislation to the special inquiry committee of the Bar Asso ciation, headed by George D. Horsing. Anacostia High P.-T. A. Holds Demonstration The Parent-Teacher Association of the Anacostia High School, at a meeting Tuesday night, put on a demonstration by the English and social studies departments. Pupils who took part included Gus Curley, announcer; Tom Yhaves, Leon Horowitz, James Flaherty, John Wilkerson, Patsy Gragan, Alma Linn, Mildred Edler, Alice Reed, Gladys Reed, Doris Sullivan and Peggy Duncan. i Post-Campaign 'Crusade' Begun For Chest Quota Volunteers Have Five Days in Which To Get $223,194 Volunteer workers of the Commu nity Chest embarked today on a post-campaign “crusade” to garner the $223,194.35 still needed to meet the city’s minimum human wants. The solicitors—and the contribu tors—have five days in which to raise the $2,000,000 goal. On Tues day the workers will turn in their final pledges at a report meeting in the Willard Hotel. Determination to go over the top rather than premonition of failure was evidenced by campaign leaders, as well as the oapacity crowd of volunteers, at the report meeting in the Willard yesterday. Unit leaders to a man promised that their groups would bring in 100 per cent reports on Tuesday, although they all admitted that the task ahead of them was a dif ficult one. *1 a non’f et/Nn nnn- »» PUniKtvinn Chauncey G. Parker, jr., told the workers when a total of $1,776,805.65, or 88.84 per cent of quota, was re ported. “Our work isn’t finished.” 15,000 Yet to Be Heard From. He pointed out that while 175,766 pledges have come, some 15,000 givers from last year are yet to be heard from. “That means we haven't been able during the campaign to do a com plete task,” he declared. “Every chairman, every captain must start now to work out a plan so that a thorough job of solicitation may be done. These 15.000 people are will ing to give, but they must be seen. That money must come in.” Coleman Jennings, Chest presi dent, suggested that people who have not been reached by a solicitor send in their gifts. At the same time, he urged that others follow the example of those who, though they have already given, send in additional pledges because they sense the urgency of the situation. He cited the case of one woman who called to say, “I can't bear to read these reports. I guess I can go without some new clothes this winter so I’d like to add $150 to my contribution.” Can’t Let Them Down. “We all have our tense moments,” he said, “and this is one of them. But if you will keep before you the people standing out on a ledge and calling to you, the suffering people of Washington, you will not fail. "We will not let those people down. We're in this fight to the finish.” He told the workers they must be “ambassadors,” spreading the desire to help to all the people of Washington. “You must feel so burningly that the campaign must go over that the contagion will spread to every one. The fact that we care so much surely will influence people to give.” Warning that misery and desti tution would be the price of failure, he pointed out the people for whom the agencies of the Chest are the sole haven are not like others who can get along on a decreased divi dend. Their whole capital is at siane. ne assenea. Each of the unit chairmen spoke briefly, thanking the workers for their co-operation, urging them to double their efforts to reach their quotas by Tuesday and paying trib ute to Mr. Parker for his work as campaign chairman. Units Report. Donal Chamberlin, Suburban Unit chairman, reported that Mont gomery County has gone over its quota and that he expected Prince Georges County would follow shortly. His unit turned in a total of 3,863 pledges for $31,783.10, or 61.12 per cent of its $52,000 quota. Thomas P. Morgan. jr„ chairman of Advance Gifts, reported that Am bassador and Mrs. Joseph Davies had pledged $10,000. Totals for his unit came to $446,143 from 488 contribu tors, for 85.63 per cent of the unit's $521,000 quota. Employes of the Acacia Life In surance Co., which has passed its quota every year since the Chest was organized, have contributed $10,434 to this campaign, Charles B. Dulcan, sr„ Group Solicitation Unit chairman, reported. His unit brought in a total of 46,583 pledges for $394. 580.40, or 87.10 per cent of its quota of $453,000. The Metropolitan Unit, headed by W. W. Wheeler, reported total gifts amounting to $183,019.78 from 10, 567 contributors for 91 per cent of its $201,000 quota. Government Unit Leads. The Governmental Unit, for which Brig. Gen. Frank T. Hines is chair man, led the units with pledges from 112,906 contributors for $715, 250.38 or 93.5 per cent of the unit's quota of $765,000. The Capital Unit, headed by Nathan A. Dobbins, turned in a total of 1,359 pledges for $6,030.99 or 75.38 per cent of its $8,000 quota. Chest Director Herbert L. Wil lett, jr„ presented the flower gift to the newspaper reporters who have covered the campaign. Seated on the speakers’ platform were Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Street. Former chairman of the Board of Public Welfare here, Mr. Street is now director of the Richmond, Va., Community Chest which this week went over its goal. Others at the speakers’ table be sides chairmen of solicitation units were Earl A. Nash, chairman of the Public Relations Unit; James, A. Councilor, jr„ chairman of the Audit Unit; C. Chester Caywood, Meet ings Committee chairman, and the Rev. A. P. Wilson, pastor of the Columbia Heights Christian Church, who offered the invocation. Stephens City Bond Voted STEPHENS CITY, Va., Nov. 23 OP).—Voters of this Northern Vir ginia community having approved by a vote of three to one a bond issue to finance a municipal water supply system, the Town Council pre pared today to provide better facili ties for fire protection. Wells will be drilled, a reservoir constructed and pipe lines and fire hydrants in stalled. 4 ——1—————————— i m —gagas ^ • •• . 1 I DOLLS FOR THE SICK—To bring Thanksgiving cheer to invalids at Children’s Hospital, Alma Bradford, 15, is shown presenting to Jean Cline, 5, some of the many dolls given by Central Union Mission to hospital patients. —Star Staff Photo. Ritchie Highway Building Regulated By Commissioners Rule Roadside Stands Must Be 50 Feet From Right of Way By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Md.. Nov. 23.—Anne Arundel County commissioners cracked down against prospective commercialization of the new Ritchie Highway yesterday with a sweeping extension of building regu lations to give them wide control over development of the rights-of way. By new amendments to the build ing code, adopted to further “public safety, health and welfare,” the commissioners proclaimed the right to regulate: The location, use and structural design of all roadside stands pro posed along a dual highway. The construction of gasoline, oil or other filling stations, public garages, 1 tourist cabins, inns, restaurants or dance halls on any highway. Further, the commissioners ruled that all roadside stands already I constructed would have to be moved 50 feet from the dual highway. Any new ones, which must first be ap proved. must be 50 feet back. All private garages built hereafter on private property facing a dual mgnway must onserve tne ou-ioot rule, the commissioners announced, and oil, gasoline and other tanks containing inflammable fluid must be 1.000 feet from the right of way of any public highway. Only by a permit from the com mission will construction of tourist camps, dance floors, dog kennels, stables, chicken houses or bams be allowed along the dual highway right-of-way. Beer gardens and taverns must be set 200 feet from the right-of-way along a dual highway. And junked, wrecked or second-hand automo biles must not be stored nor kept for sale closer than 1,000 feet to the dual highway. The regulations were adopted at the suggestion of a grand jury, which acted at Judge Ridgeley P. Melvin’s direction. Gov. O’Conor also has urged new regulations to prevent the new highway from becoming a second ‘‘Washington boulevard,” cluttered from Balti more to the Nation's Capital with hotdog stands, tourist camps, ken nels and other commercial estab lishments. Property owners, too, have joined the move to preserve the new high way’s beauty. Cow Kicks Away $15,000 MIDLAND, Md., Nov. 23 (A5).—A cow kicked a lantern from C. Edgar Llewellyn’s hands as he completed chores in preparation for Thanks giving Day. Flames ignited a pile of straw, spread through the bam and sheds where his year’s harvest was stored. He estimated damage &t $15,000. The cow was rescued. 104 Years Needed To Pay for New State Building By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE. Nov. 23 —The way armchair statisticians figured it out today, Maryland's new State Office Building won’t begin to pay for it self until along about 2044 A.D. A survey showed the rent-saving plans involved when 11 State de partments were ordered to quarters in the structure at Annapolis went awry somewhere. They were paying *20,000 yearly in rent. Because maintenance of the office building will cost about $10,000 annually, the net saving will run about $10,000. If that much were set aside by the State each year, it would take about 104 years to pay off the $1,038,000 cost of the office build ing. Nor do the figures include de preciation on the property. Members of the Legislature which approved erection of the building had figured on savings of *100,000 annually in rents. Telephone Robber Asks Change for $20, Holds Up Delivery Boy Same Ruse Used on Previous Occasions; Gem Theft Is Reported Investigation of several minor rob beries broke the quiet of Thanksgiv ing Day for Washington police. For the second time recently in the same section, a colored man dressed, according to information given police, in woman's clothing, last night held up and robbed a delivery boy in the 100 block of Randolph place N.W. The victim was Thomas Ross, colored, who is employed by a market in the 200 block of Florida avenue N.W. Police said the procedure followed by the robber is-to place an order and request change. Last night he relieved the delivery boy of $20 in change and the order as well. Previ ously a liquor store delivery boy was robbed. Two purse snatchings on Eight eenth street N.W. were reported within half an hour last night. A purse containing $10 was snatched from Hildur Main, 20191 street N.W., at Eighteenth and I streets N.W. The second victim was Mrs. Dee L. Dobson of the 1900 block of F street N.W. Her purse containing $3 was snatched by a gray-haired man in the 800 block of Eighteenth street N.W. Mr. Dobson chased the thief but could not catch him. Hans Strenitz, 1722 Nineteenth street N.W., reported to police a watch valued at $100 and a pearl necklace valued at $1,000 had' been stolen from his apartment within the last few days. Agriculture Aides Hope to End Milk Hearings Tomorrow Dairies' Attorney Urges Lower Rate to Farmers So as to Cut Retail Price Agriculture Department officials hoped today that the hearings on the proposed milk marketing agree ment and order for the Washington milkshed would be concluded to morrow. Long debate between farmers and J. Edward Burroughs, jr„ attorney for the 10 dairies supplying the city, and a speech by Representative Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana so prolonged the hearings yesterday that they could not be completed as scheduled. They resume at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Agriculture De partment Auditorium. Mr. Burroughs devoted the day to reading a brief supporting the dairies’ contention that a much lower minimum price schedule should be put into effect than the farmers in the Maryland and Vir ginia Producers’ Association pro pose. He urged the lower pav to the farmers, he said, because the dairies wished to cut the retail price of milk in Washington by 1 cent a quart, David Montgomery, consumers’ counsel of the A. A. A„ observed to Mr. Burroughs that the Sheffield Farms Dairy in New' York City has reduced the milk price by 3 cents for two quarts through improvements in distribution methods without cutting the farmer price. One of the chief features of Sheffield op eration, Mr. Montgomery said, is the sale of milk in 2-quart bottles. Mr. Schulte, a member of the District Committee, condemned the proposed order, which would make the Federal Government the over seer of minimum price scales gov erning the dairies' milk purchases from farmers. He said he cared only for the consumer, who, in his mind, should get milk at 11 cents a quart, retail. He had no interest, he said, in the producers or the dairies. He was the author of a bill in Congress last summer which would have opened up the Wash ington market to the producers in Mr. Schulte’s Middle Western dis trict. The dairies for whom Mr. Bur roughs appeared are the Arlington County, Chestnut Farms-Chevy Chase, Embassy-Fairfax, Harvey's, Highland Farms, Holbrook Farms, Model Farms, Richfield, Thompson's and Wakefield. Chinese Envoy to Speak Chinese Ambassador Hu Shih will speak at a meeting at the Friends’ Meeting House, 2111 Florida ave nue N.W., on November 28. The meeting is sponsored by the .Joint Peace Society of Friends’ Meetings of Washington. Dr. Hu Shih will speak on “Recent Cultural Devel opments in China.” CALLING ALL CONTRIBUTORS—Joe Johnson, Willard Hotel page, demonstrates one way of letting Washington know the Community Chest needs funds to reach its quota. He is shown at the report meeting in the Willard ballroom yesterday when volunteers reported gifts amounting to 88.84 per cent of their $2,000,000 goal. —Star Staff Photo. m a a Filling Station Foes Lose in Zoning Fight Board Refuses to Reopen Case; Convent Laundry Weighed Members of the Board of Zoning Adjustment late yesterday disposed of two hotly contested cases, heard at recent hearings, and took under advisement a number of other cases, one of which provoked a spirited fight at yesterday’s public hearing. The board ruled against a reopen ing of its decision to grant to the Blue Bell Realty Co. the right to erect a gasoline filling station on the west side of Connecticut avenu* N.W., near Idaho avenue, demanded by spokesmen for the Northwest Citizens’ Council. . In another action, the board granted to William Montgomery, who is head of the Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co., permission to build a new stable for horses on his estate at 6200 Nebraska avenue N.W., subject to approval of plans. At a recent hearing, nearby residents protested the new stable would be too close to their front doors. A new ane iui tne new siauie. 11 was announced, would be closer to Mr. Montgomery’s own residence and located in a depression in the ground. Laundry Under Advisement. The board took under advisement, among other cases considered at yesterday’s hearing, a petition by the Convent of Good Shepherd for the erection of a two-story addition to the convent, at Thirty-sixth and R streets N.W., for use as a laundry. A long list of property owmers nearby protested against “enlargement" of the laundry plant. It was by a tie vote of 2 to 2 that the board refused to grant a rehearing on the Blue Bell gasoline station. A letter had been filed from Dr Lyman J. Briggs, head of the Bureau of Standards, stating that he had filed a verbal protest against the gasoline station Board mem bers said they, personally, had re ceiver no protest. When the issue came to decision, E. O Seaquist. assistant director of the bureau, appeared to protest the past action, on the grounds that some time in the future the bureau might obtain funds for construction of a monumental building near the site of the proposed gasoline station. Nolan Calls for Rehearing. John Nolen, jr.. city planner of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission moved for rehearing of the case, and a second came from Capt. Hugh P Oram, executive officer of the District Zoning Com mission. However, Theodore I. Coe, chairman of the Adjustment Board, voted against the plan, stating that officials of the Bureau of Standards had had full opportunity to protest flf. fhp first hpnrincr onH a cprnnri jection came from Harry Blake, another member of the board. The fifth member of the board died re cently. Pleas for an exception to zoning rules to permit the construction of a new laundry for the Good Shepherd Convent were made by George Ham ilton. jr., attorney; Frederick V, Murphy, architect, and Paul A. Goettelmann, designer. It was ex plained the house was incorporated in 1884 and was established on the present site in 1889. It takes care of 125 or more wayward girls ranging up to ages of 18 and 20 years. It was contended that smoke nuisance probably would be less under the new plan than under present arrangements. Fear Further Commercialization. Vigorous protests came from officials of the Burleith Citizens’ Association and numerous nearby residents, who argued that the laun dry operation was not conducted only for the institution, but for other institutions; that it was in the nature of a commercial enterprise. They voiced fears the new laundry plant later would serve as an “enter ing wedge” for further commercial ization of the property, to the detri ment of nearby residential property owners. Some objectors also argued the new higher pressure steam boiler plant would constitute a hazard to pupils of nearby Western High School. Nearby homeowners argued there would be an increase in soot and dirt blown on their properties. Among objectors were Norman W. Fields, chairman of a special com mittee of the Burleith Citizens’ As sociation; Henry Gilligan, former member of the Board of Education, who appeared as counsel for two Burleith property owners; Oliver B. Lerch of 3527 S street, who declared the plant would constitute an “eye sore” in the community and pro tested that the noise caused by the blowing of steam from the present boiler plant could be heard three block away; and Herbert T. Shan non. one of the builders of the sub division. who insisted that the laun dry constituted a commercial op eration. Mr. Shannon praised the ability of Architect Murphy and said if he had free choice he would de sign a plan for the whole develop ment which likely would meet with approval of Burleith residents. The board is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m tomorrow to act on this and other pending cases. Only 26 Days For Shopping Before Christmas Don't be fooled by the early Thanksgiving—there are but 26 shopping days until Christmas, Ed ward D. Shaw, secretary of the Merchants and Manufacturers today told the Washington buying public. Mr. Shaw pointed out that while Thanksgiving is a week ahead of when it was supposed to be. it sUll is only a day earlier than last year—which gives the general idea. The merchants of the city, with an eye to the calendar, are plan ning for the most part to have their formal Christmas opening tomor row morning, when complete gift lines will be ready for the shoppers. And, says Mr. Shaw, the prices are at levels that the average Washingtonian can afford.