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Underpass a Boon
Today, bul Record
Jam Marks Debut
Thomas Circle Project
Speeds 'Morning-After'
Traffic With Ease
After a debut marked by one of
the worst traffic jams the city has
ever experienced, Thomas Circle,
with its new underpass, handled the
“morning after” rush-hour traffic
with ease today.
Traffic Director William A. Van
Duzer stood by his pet project and
smiled with satisfaction as street
cars and automobiles, which here
tofore have been banked for blocks
up Fourteenth street during the
morning rush, moved smoothly
through the surface lanes of the
i And underneath traffic sped un
impeded through the tunnel east
ward on Massachusetts avenue.
“Why, she could handle a 50 per
cent greater load without any trou
ble at all,” Mr. Van Duzer explained
The first accident since the circle
had its face lifted occurred today
when a driver, unaccustomed to the
new signals, overdrove a stop line
and crashed into another car pro
ceeding through a green light on the
The dubious honor of participating
In the first crackup went to Alfred
Hojnacki, 24, of 2722 Central avenue
N.E. and Sanford Thiessen, 22 of
Bradbury Heights, Md. Neither was
injured, but fenders were crumpled
and paint scarred.
•- Mr. Van Duzer, who witnessed the
crash, observed with a stroke of his
chin: “Yep, a little light trouble.
They 11 soon catch on.”
Pedestrians provided the morning’s
only headache by wandering aim
lessly in the traffic lanes instead of
passing along the wide walkways
.provided for their safety at the rim
of the circle.
Mr. Van Duzer said he felt, how
. ever, that the pedestrian problem
would be cleared up when the
“walk” lights are turned on.
The traffic director said the
pedestrian lights would be given a
try Sunday.
» The underpass itself was more
than adequate to care for the swarm
o! cars that tangled in the big jam
late yesterday, but little Scott Cir
cle, with its two-lane drives, was
The heavy flow along Massa
chusetts avenue moved unimpeded
apparently through the tunnel to
Fifteenth street, but from there to
the smaller circle the jam rapidly
Between 5 and 5:30 p.m. stalled
cars piled up from Scott Circle on
the west, down Massachusetts as far
as Eleventh street. The taxicab traf
fic was exceptionally heavy due to
the rainy weather, with homebound
workers who ordinarily would ride
streetcars or walk catching cabs to
avoid the downpour.
Feeder streets, too, were choked,
particularly Rhode Island avenue,
which poured a steady stream of
^vehicles into Scott Circle on top
of the extra heavy flow from Mas
sachusetts avenue on the east and
Sixteenth street on the south.
Highway Officials Scratch Heads.
Extra details of traffic policemen
had more than their hands full,
while District highway officials
looked on, scratching their heads.
4 Capt. H. C. Whitehurst, director
of highways, was of the opinion that
the unfamiliarity of motorists to the
new set-up was partially responsible
for the congestion.
This area always had been a cen
ter of traffic congestion peaks dur
ing rainstorms, Mr. Van Duzer said,
adding that many of the cars in the
snarl carried curious motorists who
merely wanted “to give the new un
derpass a try” and unfortunately
picked rush hour to do it.
Drivers who took the route to get
aomewhere, however, soon became
impatient with the tangle and be
gan blasting away with their horns.
A serenade of horn-tooting followed
for several minutes, the volume
Bwelling to deafening proportions
to the walls of the underpass.
“$530,000 for a Jam.”
• Police soon had to divert traffic
•way from the tunnel, routing cars
north on principal intersecting
‘arteries. Many drivers became ex
tremely exasperated. One taxicab
driver was heard to remark from
his unwanted parking spot in the
shadow of the underpass—“$530,000
to get us in this jam!”
Through it all, however, surface
> traffic at Thomas Circle flowed
without a hitch, unaware of the
distressing tangle below.
Decision Next Month
On Helsinki Olympics
By the Associated Press.
HELSINKI. March 15.—J. W.
Rangell, chairman of the Olympic
Games Organizing Committee, said
today the final decision on whether
to hold the games in Helsinki would
be made next month.
Urho Kekkonen, vice chairman,
said that while there were certain
technical difficulties the main ques
tion was whether enough people
Would attend to justify the heavy
Despite technical problems, Lauri
Mlettinen, general secretary of the
* committee, said Finland owed it to
the memory of fallen athletes to
demonstrate the nation’s athlefiic
r ability to the world.
Olympic Ticket Deposits Held.
i NEW YORK, March 15 C4>).—The
Jlew York office of the American
Olympic Committee said today it
«till has on hand deposits repre
senting some $40,000 worth of tickets
to the 1940 Olympic Games.
The A. O. C. accepted 10 per cent
deposits until the outbreak of the
Russian-Finnish war last Novem
ber 30. At that time the deposits
received represented a total of $51,
000 in tickets. Since then only
$1,100 in deposits (representing
$11,000 in tickets) have been re
The Olympic office also said a
deposit on housing accommodations
for American visitors had been sent
to Finland last July and August,
and still was in the hands of Fin
nish officials.
Injuries to pedestrians last year
4 in the District from March, when
pedestrian control regulations were
placed into effect, to December,
showed a decrease of 118 from the
total pedestrian injuries during a
similar period in 1938. j
RUSH-HOUR MOTORISTS JAM NEW UNDERPASS—West-bound traffic is shown emerging from
the new Thomas Circle underpass yesterday afternoon as Massachusetts avenue filled with auto
mobiles behind a “bottle-neck” at Scott Circle. Note lack of east-bound traffic.
Officials said yesterday’s traffic jam on Massachusetts avenue was caused largely by motorists
curious to see the new underpass. This view was taken from the railing in front of the German
Embassy, looking west on the avenue toward Scott Circle. —Star Staff Photos.
(Continued From First Page.)
Bradshaw, also a native of Washing
ton. They have a daughter, Eliza
beth Carr Pine, 16.
He is an Episcopalian, a Mason, a
member of the District of Columbia
and the Axperican Bar Associations,
the Metropolitan Club, Delta Theta
Phi legal fraternity and the Bar
risters’ Club, of which he has been
president. The Pines live at 1625
Nicholson street N.W.
Curran Succeeds Schuldt.
“I am very greatful for the con
fidence placed in me by the Attorney
General and the President,” Judge
Curran said following his nomina
tion. “I shall do my utmost to per
form my duties with the best of my
Judge Curran, who first came to
the District as a student at Catho
lic University in 1924 from Bangor,
Me., was appointed by President
Roosevelt to the Police Court bench
on March 11, 1936, succeeding Judge
Gus A Schuldt. He is 36 years old.
He was elevated to the bench
from the post of assistant corpora
tion counsel of the District, in
which he had served for three years.
During the last two years of his
service with the city’s legal staff,
to which he was named by Corpora
tion Counsel W. W. Bride, he was
recognized as the leading trial law
yer of the staff.
Prior to going with the corpora
tion counsel’s office, he practiced
law with Milton W. King, following
his schooling at Catholic and
Georgetown Universities. For several
years he taught law at Catholic and
at Columbus Universities.
Judge Curran was graduated from
the University of Maine before com
ing to the District, and received his
early education in the public and
parochial schools of Bangor, his
birthplace. He is the son of Michael
Joseph and Agnes Curran.
He is a Democrat and an honorary
member of Gamma Eta Gama and a
j member of Phi Kappa Fraternity. |
Always -uooa copy.
Judge Curran had almost two
more years to the day before com
pleting his six-year team on the
Police Court bench. He received
$8,000 yearly as a Judge and will re
ceive £10,000 annually as district
Prematurely gray, Judge Curran is
a faultless dresser. Almost from the
day he was appointed to Police
Court bench, he has consistently
made what newsmen call “good
copy.” Three weeks after taking the
oath of office, he dismissed on Good
Friday 40 penitent drunks on the
promise they would go to church and
“spend at least 15 minutes being
Judge Curran, active in the city’s
civic life, was awarded a citation for
the “most distinguished service” of
any young man in the District, in
1937 by the Junior Board of Com
merce. He is a member of the
Prison Industries Reorganization
Advisory Committee.
Judge Curran married Miss Kath
erine Cecelia Hand of Washington
in 1934, and they have three daugh
ters, Eileen, Mary Catherine and
Anne Elizabeth. The family lives at
6607 Western avenue N.W.
' Urged Behavior Clinic.
Long an advocate of reform in
judicial processes, Judge Curran has
consistently pointed to the need lor
a behavior clinic to advise jurists
on sentencing convicted criminals.
The clinic would be composed of a
staff of physicians, including a
psychiatrist to diagnose the charac
ters of criminals. '
On the first day he served in
traffic branch of Police Court, Judge
Curran showed his insistence on
exactness in matters of the law. A
colored man had been charged with
four minor offenses instead of the
blanket charge of reckless driving.
Although he declared he was con
vinced the defendant was guilty,
Judge Curran took his personal
bond and gave the arresting officer
a verbal spanking for not fifing the
more serious charge against the
He could be severe when he felt
a defendant had flagrantly violated
the law. On one occasion he sen
tenced a father to a year's im
prisonment for striking his child.
Swedish Novelist III
STOCKHOLM, March 15 </P).—
Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist,
who won the Nobel Prize for Lit
erature in 1909, was reported gravely
ill today at her home, Marbacka, in
Northern Sweden. She is 81 years
Dr. Pike Hails New Rule
On Civil Procedure
New Federal regulations of civil
procedure have broken down the
old idea of the law suit as a game
between opposing counsel and are
forcing the parties to lay their
cards on the table before trial, Dr.
James A, Pike, of the George Wash
ington university Law School, last
night told jaembers of the Federal,
District and Women’s Bar Associa
“The new discovery procedure as
construed by the courts has made
available the most efficient methods
of trial preparation ever provided,”
he declared. He spoke in Stockton
Hall in the second of a series of
three lectures. The final lecture
will be given Monday.
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Principals in the first traffic accident at Thomas Circle since
the new underpass was opened were Alfred Hojnackl (left) and
Sanford Thiessen, shown shaking hands beside one of the
crimped fenders. The policeman is O. F. Swank of the second
precinct. —Star Staff Photo.
News Commentator
Talks at 'Y' Forum
The grimness of the European
war was described last night by H.
R. Baukhage, news writer and com
mentator, in an address in one of a
series of forum lectures under aus
pices of the Central Young Men’s
Christian Association, in the build
ing at 1736 G street N.W.
The speaker described the victory
of Russia over Finland as “might
having overcome right." Earl A.
Nash presided at the meeting, which
was attended by more than 100 per
Brailey to Speak Tonight
Earle W. Brailey, president of the
National Chapter of Chartered Life
Underwriters, will be principal
speaker at the fourth annual ban
quet of the District chapter at 7:30
o’clock tonight in the Carlton Hotel.
Mr. Brailey will speak on “Aims
and Activities of the Chartered Life
Underwriter Movement.”
Organ Concert
Tonight’s program In the series
of free organ concerts at Washing
ton Chapel, Sixteenth street and Co
lumbia road N.W., will be In honor of
the National Woman’s Relief Society.
D. Sterling Wheelwright, organist,
assisted by Edna C. Wheelwright, so
prano, will play:
Clokey’s “Canyon Walls” and "Wind
in the Pine Trees”: Roger’s "Blessed
Is He That Cometh in the Name of
the Lord”; Puccini’s airs, "Vlssl
d’Arte, Vlssl d’Amore” and Guil
mant’s "First Movement, Organ
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