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Founder's Son Talks
At 73d Anniversary
Of Howard University
Life of Gen. 0. 0. Howard
Described at Rites;
Wallace to Speak
Several hundred students, gradu
ates and friends of Howard Uni
versity today celebrated the 73d an
niversary of the founding of the
institution by listening to H. S.
Howard, son of one of the founders,
reminisce about his father.
Speaking in the chapel, Mr. How
ard, who was born on the campus,
described the life of Gen. O. O.
Howard, tracing his career through
the Indian Wars and the Civil War
to the time that he was appointed
by President Lincoln to administer
the Freedmens’ Act.
Mr. Howard told the group his
father was vitally interested in edu
cation and after selecting the pres
ent site for the university went to
Ann Arbor, Mich., to study the plan
of the University of Michigan. It
was on this plan, Mr. Howard said,
that Howard University was built.
Outstanding Grads Lauded.
Earlier, Ada E. Bough, highest
ranking freshman student of last
year, paid tribute to several out
standing graduates of the institu
tion. Those mentioned included
W. Justin Carter, first Negro to be
admitted to the bar in Harrisburg,
Pa.; Dr. J. Hayden Johnson, Wash
ington physician and a member of
the Board of Education for 21 years
prior to his resignation a few years
ago; John C. Bruce, a supervising
principal in the colored divisions
of the public schools here, and
Jesse H. Mitchell, businessman and
“The lives of these men,” Miss
Bough declared, "are beacon lights
to the undergraduates of Howard
The principal address of the occa
sion was delivered by Dr. E. Franklin
Frazier, a graduate of the university
in 1916, and now head of the De
partment of Sociology and director
of the Department of Social Work
at the institution.
Dinner to Be Held Tonight.
The celebration was to conclude
with a charter day dinner in the
University gymnasium at 8 pm. at
which Secretary of Agriculture
Henry Wallace will be the feature
speaker. Secretary Wallace’s ad
dress will be broadcast over a
Nation-wide radio hookup at 11:30
pm. to some 10,000 colored alumni
all over the country.
Spokesmen of several alumni
classes are also scheduled to speak.
In introductory remarks to this
morning’s program President Mor
decai W. Johnson described Gen.
Howard as “one of the wisest men
who ever lived in this country.”
Gen. Howard, he said, had a faith
in ordinary human beings, even
though they might be slaves.
Ceremonies were preceded by a
procession of the faculty and music
was by the university choir and
Kai de Vermond, soloist.
Nightingale Plaque
At Garfield Unveiled
A bronze plaque was unveiled and
a lamp was lighted last night in the
atudents’ library at Garfield Hos
pital in memory of Florence Night
ingale, pioneer nurse.
Nurses from Garfield, George
town, Sibley, St. Elizabeth’s and
Providence Hospitals attended the
ceremonies. The plaque shows Miss
Nightingale’s profile above the text
of the Nightingale pledge. The
Nightingale light will be kept burn
ing constantly, as a “reminder and
inspiration’ for nursing students.
Miss Phyllis McDonough, grad
uate nurse at Garfield, depicted
events in Miss Nightingale's life
and Miss Leona Sulton read Long
fellow's “St. Filomina.”
Others who participated included
Miss Mabel Sherfey, Miss Margaret
Duffy and Miss Bertha Lonas. The
invocation and benediction were de-l
livered by Dr. Sinclair Bowen of
the hospital staff. The entire stu
dent body of the Garfield nursing
school attended.
Funeral Rites Held
For William A. Reith
Funeral services for William A.
Reith, 66, retired policeman, who
died Thursday at his home, 719
Shepherd street N.W., were held
today in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Reith was retired more than a
year ago after more than 40 years
Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Georgiana Ethel Reith; a son, Wil
liam Reith, jr.; five daughters, Mrs.
Ryland Joyner, Mrs. Catherine
Keen, Mrs. John Fitzgerald and Mrs.
Francis A. Jones, all of this city,
and Sister Dorothy of the St. Vin
cent de Paul Sisters of Charity,
Farmington. Mich.: five sisters, the
Misses Anna, Josephine. Katie and
Lena Reith, and Mrs. Mary Taylor,
all of this city, and seven grand
Col. Vose Funeral
To Be Held Monday
Puneral services for Col. William
E. Vase, Medical Corps, U. S. A„
retired, who died Thursday in
Charlottesville, Va., will be held
Monday afternoon in Arlington
National Cemetery. The funeral pro
cession will form at 3 p.m. at the
Port Myer gate. Chaplain Harry D.
Bouthard will officiate.
A native of Mississippi, Col. Vose
was graduated in medicine from the
University of Virginia in 1889. He
would have been 63 on March 11.
Oldest Inhabitants
To Hear Col. Key-Smith
Col. Prancis Scott Key-Smith will
apeak on George Washington, at the
March meeting of the Association of
Oldest Inhabitants Wednesday
The meeting, which will be held
as usual in the Old Union Engine
House, at Nineteenth and H streets
N.W. will open at 7:30 p.m.
Poling Seriously III
The condition of Forrest B. Pol
ing, assistant attorney general of
West Virginia, was reported serious
today at Mount Alto Hospital. Mr.
Poling went to the hospital last
December and has undergone two
operations for a lung ailment.
DURING JAIL INSPECTION—Looking over a tray of food at the District Jail yesterday are, left
to right: Thomas Rives, jail superintendent; Ray L. Huff, general superintendent of District
penal institutions, and Representative D’Alesandro, chairman of a House subcommittee inves
, tigating District institutions. —Star Staff Photo.
16 Companies Bid
On Gravelly Point
Airport Runways
First Period of Work,
Laying of 80,000 Tons,
Due to Start April 1
Sixteen bids for construction of
runways and aprons for the Na
tional Airport at Gravelly Point
were opened yesterday in the office of
Col. R. S. Thomas. Army District En
gineer. Bids for buildings, including
the terminal and four hangars, will
be invited next week, Lt. Col. Sump
ter Smith, engineer in charge, said.
The apparent low bidder was the
Warren Bros. Road Co., Cambridge,
Mass , with a total of $211,190. Sec
ond was the Rock Road Construc
tion Co. of $241,900 and third was
the American Asphalt Co. of this
city. The bids were broken up into
six subdivisions.
Work to Begin April 1.
of work will in
volve the laying of 80,000 tons of
material expected to begin
April 1, or 15 days after the contract
is approved. From 1,000 to 60,000
tons, the amount to be specified
later„ will be laid as soon as the first
construction period is finished. The
total amount; .therefore,' is 140,000
The work includes paving of run
ways, taxi lanes, aprons, service and
access roads, parking area and sur
facing the relocated Mount Vernon
The contract specifies 80,000 tons
of paving for the first period and
20.000 tons for the second: asphalt,
1.400.000 yards and 350.000 yards:
and mineral filler, 1,600 tons and 500
Paving to Be Hot Laid.
The successful bidder must pro
vide all plant facilities, labor and
material except for aggregate.
Grading aggregate, the mixing,
hauling, spreading and compacting
will be done by the contractor. The
asphalt concrete paving is to be hot
mixed and hot laid, the contract
The runways will equal a 40-foot,
four-lane highway stretching from
Washington to Baltimore. The run
ways are designed to handle heavy
airplane traffic and will serve as
models for future airport construc
tion, consultants said.
The resilient material being used
in the Gravelly Point runways is
said to be one-third cheaper than
rigid forms! The material used is
expected to meet the special require
ments of land filled from dredging
the nearby river bottom.
Col. Smith expects to have the
airport fully complted by Labor Day.
He said yesterday the new detour
around the airport site should be in
service by May 15. This road will
.take traffic to the west of the build
ings’ location, thus keeping motor
ists out of the way of construction
work. He added that increased
safety would result.
The Technical Advisory Commit
tee of the Civil Aeronautics Au
thoity has approved plans for illu
mination, paving and design of the
control tower in the administration
building. Bids are expected to be
asked next week tor the structure.
Plans and designs are being pre
pared by the Public Buildings Ad
ministration. The opening of bids
has not been designated, but is ex
pected to be set for the last week of
this month.
With construction expected to be
gin early in April, a breakdown
shows the terminal building will
cost about $1,150,000 and the four
hangars, $1,600,000. An undeter
mined amount later will be made
available for construction of a heat
ing plant extension and incidentals.
Messenger, Classmate
Of Roosevelt, Dies
Paul C. Pinn, 59, veteran colored
messenger at the War Department,
who attended classes at. Harvard
University with President Roosevelt,
died Wednesday after a brief illness
at his home, 1634 8 street NW.
Born in ^Washington, Mr. Pinn
was educated in local public schools,
at Exeter Academy in New Hamp
shire and was graduated from Har
vard University in 1902, completing
the four-year course in three years.
For the last 14 years he had been
personal messenger in the office of
the Assistant Secretary of War.
He leaves a brother, the Rev.
.Tames L. Pinn, with whom he made
his home.
Funeral services will be held at
1:30 p.m. today at the Good
Will Baptist Church, with burial
in Harmony Cemetery. —~ 1
Hitler Honors Subchief
For Sinking 114,510 Tons
By the Associated Pres*.
BERLIN, March 2 —Adolf Hitler
yesterday received Capt. Herbert
Schultze, submarine commander,
and awarded him the Knight's
Cross of the Iron Cross in recogni
tion of his destruction of 114,510
tons of shipping during the first five
months of the war.
This followed an announcement
that another German submarine
under command of Capt. Werner
Hartmann had returned from a
cruise during which it hsd destroyed
ships aggregating 45.000 tons, raising
Hartmann's total for the war to
80,000 tons.
Italy to Protest
British Blockade
Of German Coal
Three Vessels Carrying
Nazi. Product Lewe «■*...*
...Netherlands Port
By the Associated Pr»"
ROME, March 2.—Italy an
nounced today that she ^as protest
ing ito Great Britain, against the
blockading of ships carrying Ger
man coal to Italy.
The protest is being prepared to
day and will be communicated to
the London government tomorrow.
An informed Fascist spokesman
said the protest would be in har
mony with the Fascist Grand
Council's warning last December
that Italy would safeguard her
maritime traffic “in the most defi
nite manner, both for reasons of
prestige and to ensure the unde
niable necessities of life."
Four Ships Return
To Rotterdam Berths
Four Italian ships, which sailed
last night in an effort to beat the
midnight deadline of Britain's
blockade of German coal exports to
Italy, returned to their berths to
It was understood that they would
await new instructions from Italian
The four were the Orata, Felcen,
Liana and Numidia.
Twelve other Italian colliers were
loading here, and there was some
speculation that all 16 might sail
Kilroy, Star Pitcher
Of 90s, Dies at 73
By the Associated Press.
Kilroy, star professional baseball
pitcher of the 90s, died today at the
age of 73. A left-hander, he pitched
for Baltimore in the old American
Association and for several National
League clubs, winding up his career
with the Chicago Nationals in 1898.
Regarded as one of the leading
pitchers of his day, Mr. Kilroy broke
into organized baseball with Augusta
in the Southern League in 1885. For
the next four years he pitched for
Baltimore, where he appeared in
225 games, winning 121 and losing 95
and striking out 1,097 batters.
Mr. Kilroy pitched for Cincinnati,
Washington, Louisville, Syracuse and
Chicago before retiring.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Kil
roy operated a tavern here for many
Luncheon Today Honors
Edwin C. Powell
A farewell luncheon was planned
at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon for
Edwin C. Powell, chief editor of
publications, Agriculture Depart
ment, for the last 19 years. Fellow
workers arranged to attend the af
fair in the South Building dining
Mr. Powell, who will be 70 years
old tomorrow, win be retired March
31. After retirement he hopes to
concentrate his attention on the
acres of daffodils he specializes in
raising at his home, Hermitage
Gardens, near Norbeck, Md.
Theater Gets Charter
RICHMOND, Va„ March 2 (IP).—
A charter was issued by the State
Corporation Commission yesterday
to Vernon Amusement Corp., Alex
andria. Maximum capital, 1,000
shares without par value. Elliott
F. Hoffman, president, Alexandria.
To do a theatrical business.
Bill Offered by Cooley
To Repeal District
Income Levy
Hopes to Get Full Review
Of Problem to Prevent
Triple Taxation
A bill by Representative Cooley,
Democrat, of North Carolina, to
repeal the District of Columbia in
come tax was before the House
Mr. Cooley said his purpose in
introducing the measure was to get
the whole matter of District taxa
tion reviewed in an effort to avoid
triple taxation of persons who main
tain a legal residence in a State and
yet are classed as residents of the
Corporation Counsel Elwood H.
Seal has held that the local income
tax should apply to all persons
“domiciled” here, even though they
may claim legal residence elsewhere.
Mr. Cooley expressed doubt that a
District • income tax' ever ;could be
applied successfully because of the
’pCCifBM' political Character and resi
dential requirements.
"I thought at first,” he said, “that
It might be revised to prevent triple
taxation, but now .1 am convinced
that, it’Just won’t work here and
that It won’t raise sufficient revenue
if it stays.”
The repeal measure was referred
to the House District Subcommittee
on Fiscal Affairs, of which Repre
sentative Nichols, Democrat, of
Oklahoma is chairman. Mr. Nichols
opposed the income tax last year.
The subcommittee will take up
the Cooley bill, together with various
other tax revision proposals, at an
early date, Mr. Nichols indicated.
Graf Spee Hulk Sold
To Montevideo Firm
B* the Associated Press.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, March
2.—The hulk of the scuttled Ger
man pocket battleship Admiral Graf
Spee has been sold by Germany for
an undisclosed price to Julio Vega
Helguera, local salvage Arm.
The vessel was sunk by its crew
in Montevideo’s outer harbor in
December after it was trapped by
three British cruisers. Blown up,
she smoldered for days.
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Congress Chiefs Hope
To Avoid New Taxes,
Higher Debt Limit
Senator Barkley Sees
Chances Good With
Cuts Already Made
Br the Associated Press.
Congressional leaders wound up
two months of the current session
today with rising hopes that they
could avoid two election-year buga
boos—higher taxes and an Increase
in the national debt limit.
Thus far the legislators have
whacked about $290,000,000, from
President Roosevelt’s budget esti
mates, but farm-state Senators
want to use about two-thirds of
that for benefits to agriculture.
Senate Majority Leader Barkley
said today it was doubtful whether
the Senate would approve the pay
ments Intended to give farmers
“parity”—purchasing power equal
to that they had in 1909-14. Even if
the chamber voted money for this
purpose, the amount might be re
duced or stricken out when the
farm bill reached a joint commit
tee which will adjust Senate-House
Early in the session Mr. Roose
velt suggested $460,000,000 of new
taxes to finance “emergency” de
fense outlays, but some leaders are
increasingly hopeful that these can
be avoided. They said economies
might offset the need for the taxes
partially and that, in addition. Con
gress could approve a relief ap
propriation only large enough to last
until it reconvened next winter,
after the election.
Chance of Avoiding Issue.
If the $460,000,000 could thus be
made up, neither taxes nor an in
crease in the existing $45,000,000,000
debt limitation would have to be
Senator Barkley told reporters
there seemed a good chance the two
issues could be avoided.
The highly controversial legisla
tion to continue the administration's
reciprocal trade program for three
years may reach the Senate floor
next week. While admitting they
face a hard contest, administration
lieutenants express confidence that
the House-approved'measure will be
passed after two weeks of debate.
With the trade program out of
the way, little will remain beyond
disposition of the appropriation bills
and consideration of amendments
applying the Hatch anti-politics law
to State employes paid in part from
Federal funds. The act now applies
only to Federal workers.
There is a possibility also of action
at this session on amendments to
the Wagner Labor Relations Act.
Pollution Bill Approved.
Before recessing yesterday, the
House approved legislation for Fed
eral co-operation with the States in
fighting stream pollution. A pro
vision for annual grants of $50,000,
000 was eliminated from the meas
ure, at President Roosevelt’s re
quest. The bill had been approved
previously by the 8enate and it now
j must go back to that chamber for
! action on House amendments.
Shortly before passing the meas
ure without a record vote, the House
adopted an amendment to prohibit
creation of any new sources of pol
lution on navigable streams or their
tributaries without Federal sanction
Critics contended the amendment
was so far-reaching it “smacked of
Hitlerism” and would force even
farmers and small mill operators
to get special permission from
Washington to carry on many of
their normal operations.
Ex-Senator Reed Plans
To Enter Delegate Race
By the Associated Press.
PITTSBURGH, March 2.—Former
Senator David A. Reed is back in
politics for the first time since his
defeat for the Senate in 1934.
He said yesterday he was circu
lating petitions and expected to an
nounce Monday his candidacy for
delegate to the Republican National
Convention from the 33d congres
sional district.
Mr. Reed was mentioned earlier
as a possible candidate for his old
Senate seat, but the State organi
zation later selected Jay Cooke of
campaign to protect animals, birds, trees and flowers in the
United States, the National Wildlife Federation, Normandy
Building, released yesterday a series of 96 poster stamps designed
by famous artists and reproduced in full natural color. Each
label is a miniature picture of an authentic subject. An album
with descriptive text is provided with every set sold. The price
of the series of stamps and the pamphlet together is $1, profits
to accrue to the support of the educational and conservation
enterprises of the federation.
Buchalter, Convicted,
Faces Life Sentence
As Fourth Offender
Jury Finds Racketeer
Guilty of Extorting
$50,000 From Truckers
By the Associated Pres
NEW YORK, March 2.—The
courts have finished with big shot
racketeer Louis (Lepke) Buchalter.
Early today a General Sessions
Jury found him guilty on 15 counts
of extorting $50,000 in a trucking
racket. He’s a fourth offender and
thus faces a life sentence, but no
body got excited, certainly not
Buchalter. He didn't bat an eye
He stopped batting eyelashes long
before this anti-climax, long before
the Government recently handed
him a 14-year sentence for smug
gling narcotics all over the world.
Rose in Three Rackets.
Federal agents have traced his
rise to the top of three lucrative
rackets—narcotics, furs, trucking—
from the time the law started get
ting him for larceny and burglary
in the turbulent 20s.
As head of a $10,000,000 narcotics
syndicate he was dubbed the Na
tion's racketeer No. 1. In 1937
things got hot and Buchalter turned
Last summer his day ended. He
surrendered to J. Edgar Hoover on
a Manhattan street, still cool.
Friends deserted him and turned
State's witness; the huge chunks
of "glitter” dwindled and his rack
eteering was finished.
Silvermans Convicted.
Convicted with him today on all
15 extortion counts was Max Sil- ;
verman, who may be sentenced to
15 to 30 years. Harold ISilverman.
the latter’s son, was convicted on
seven counts, with a possible 7!2-to
15-year prison term. The:State said
thousands of dollars ha&ipen paid
to the Buchalter ring by hgiunidated
bakers and flour truckrnpi.
Last January the Government re
leased him to stand trial in Gen
eral Sessions for extortion, but it
said the State sentence could be
served only after the convicted
racketeer had completed-his Fed
eral term.
So there’s Just the matter of an
other sentence, now; that comes
March 18 and Judge John J, Freschi
can, if he wants to, pile up year
after year for the guy with dead
black eyes.
Roosevelt's Daughter
Doubts He Will Run
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, March 2.—Anna
Roosevelt Boettinger does not be
lieve her father will seek a third
term as President.
“He has not confided in me about
whether he will accept a third term,
but I do not believe he will run
again,” she said as she and her
husband, John Boettinger, Seattle
publisher, sailed yesterday for a
Honolulu vacation.
Hebrew Aid Society
Gets $5,000 for Poles
Joseph A. Wilner, chairman of the
Washington campaign of the He
brew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid
Society, reported today that he had
received $5,000 for the aid of Polish
refugees. He added that the society
has contacted refugees from the
Nazi invasion of Poland.
The society has received permis
sion from the German government
to put Inhabitants of Poland in
touch with their relatives in Amer
ica, it was stated by Dr. Rudolph
Komblith of New York, head of
the Washington campaign. The
inhabitants (refugees), according to
Dr. Komblith, are allowed to fill
out special forms with messages to
their relatives in America and these
are being forwarded by the society.
Indian Congress Party
Restates Freedom Aim
By ttie Associated Press.
BOMBAY. India, March 2—The
Working Committee of the All-India
Congress Party, meeting at Patna,
adopted a resolution yesterday reaf
firming that nationalist group’s de
termination that India must shape
her own destiny.
"Indian freedom cannot exist
within the orbit of British imper
ialism.” the resolution stated, "and
dominion status or any other status
within the imperial structure is
wholly inapplicable to India
Democratic Senators
Seek to Take F. C.A.
From Wallace Rule
Gillette Bloc Plans to
Introduce Legislation
Next Week
By the Auocleted Press.
A drive to wrest the Farm Credit
Administration from Secretary of
Agriculture Wallace’s control, on the
ground that he is trying to “mix
rural relief with a credit reservoir,’'
drew support today from six Demo
cratic Senators.
Senator Gillette of Iowa disclosed
the group would introduce legisla
tion next week to return the F. C. A,
to the independent status it had be
fore President Roosevelt ordered it
under the Agriculture^ Department
last July.
As an independent agency, the
administration followed what its of
ficers contended was strict banking
procedure. Since the shift to Secre
tary Wallace's control, F. F. Hill re
signed as governor and was suc
ceeded by A. G. Black, former Iowa
Agricultural College instructor. Mr,
Black said recently that in the fu
ture the agency would take “a broad
social view” and exercise extreme
leniency in cases where farmer bor
rowers were deemed to have a
, chance of eventually meeting their
: obligations.
The Farm Credit Administration
was set up to provide loans for
farmers on a co-operative basis from
I Treasury-backed bonds sold to the
public. It has lent more than $6.
000.000,000 and has about half of
this outstanding. Farmers who
borrow from land banks and credit
associations must take part of their
| loans in stock and so now have sev
i eral hundred million dollars invested
i in agencies under the F. C. A.
“Farm groups protest.” said Sena
tor Gillette, "that the Secretary
wants to mix rural relief with a
credit reservoir, or public relief funds
with private investment.”
He said those who would join him
in offering legislation were Senators
Minton. Indiana: Mead. New York:
! Truman. Missouri: Hatch. New Mex
ico, and Miller, Arkansas, all Demo
It is known that this group and
several other Senators including
Republican Leader McNary and
Senator Capper have been meeting
with sp&kesmen for the American
Farm Bureau Federation, the
Grange, the National Association of
Livestock Producers, the National
Co-operative Council ,and the Na
tional Wool Growers in drafting
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