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Washington News Society and General _ _:_WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1940. *** B—1 Funds Sought As Truce Saves Symphony Delay Is Seen as Imperiling the Orchestra Season The impasse which had threat ened dissolution of the National Symphony Orchestra was at an end today and the orchestra manage ment prepared to tackle the last remaining obstacle to the sym phony's immediate future—the task of raising sufficient funds to sustain the orchestra next season. Within the next day or two, a committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Orchestra Asso ciation will meet to develop plans for a sustaining fund campaign. The committee, headed by Harold D. Brooks, a veteran of many sym phony drives, will decide what the goal will be and the dates for the campaign. The Orchestra Association ad mittedly is approaching the cam paign with “considerable misgivings because of the lateness of the sea son and other unfavorable condi tions,” according to a statement issued by the Board of Directors late yesterday. L. Corrin Strong, presi dent of the association, expressed hope, however, that the “recent evi dence on the part of the Washing ton public of their interest in the symphony would sufficiently offset the unfavorable conditions to make the orchestra possible.” Compromise Accepted. Settlement of the protracted con troversy between the orchestra man agement and the Musicians' Protec tive Union over next season’s con tract came yesterday afternoon When the association’s directors voted unanimously to accept a com promise formula which already had received the musicians’ auproval. : In the midst of the general re joicing over the successful outcome of the renewed negotiations, leaders of both the union and the orchestra management took time to pay trib ute to Dr John R. Steelman, direc tor of conciliation of the Labor De partment, and Samuel R. Rosen baum, vice president of the Phila delphia Symphony Orchestra Asso ciation, and chairman of the Labor Committee of the National Asso ciation of Broadcasters. Both played parts in bringing about a final solu tion. Terms of the final settlement pro vide a wage increase for the mu sicians and a varying length of sea son, depending on the amount of ■funds secured, it was announced.: The plan also calls for a two-year contract, instead of the customary one-year contract. Under the agreement, the musi cians will receive an increase in their weekly base pay based on a sliding scale arrangement. If the sustain ing fund campaign provides only enough money for a 20-week season, the weekly base pay will be $58; if enough is raised for a 21-week sea son, their base salaries will be $57; if a 22-week season is provided, the scale calls for a $56 wage, and if there’s enough money for a 23-week season, the base salary will be $55 per week. There will be no decrease in the present number of musi cians—80. Salary Chief Issue. The salary question has been one of the chief points of controversy between the union and management. At the outset of negotiations last November the union had demanded a flat increase in base pay from $50 to $60 and a 27-week season. In commenting on the settlement Mr Strong said it represented “im portant concessions” on the part of both the union and the orchestra as sociation. He added: “Credit for a final settlement is largely due to the attitude of mem bers of the Board of the Musicians’ Protective Union, who at all times showed their willingness to work with us in a friendly way. “The helpful assistance of Dr. Steelman and his wisdom in select ing Mr. Rosenbaum to assist was of greatest value. Mr. Rosenbaum's long experience in such matters made him especially fitted to grasp the problem, and his advice to both parties was largely responsible for the settlement.” Dr. Steelman said he was happy that a solution had been worked out and that he had been able to take part in it. “Both sides have been very pa tient and co-operative in working out a difficult problem,” he said. Mr. Rosenbaum issued a state ment, following approval of the compromise plan yesterday, calling attention to the task faced by the orchestra management in conduct ing the sustaining fund campaign. Be said: “In Washington, with its large non-resident and transitory popu lation, so many of whom have no roots in the soil and no incentive for local pride, the problem of the symphony association is especially difficult and its achievement cor respondingly remarkable. It would have been a tragedy for Washington and the Nation if the work of the last nine years had come to a stop. Sees Handicap in Delay. “I am happy to have been of some service in removing some obstacles which appeared to prevent a friendly and co-operative understanding be tween the players and the associa tion. Nevertheless, the delay which has already taken place will increase immeasurably the difficulty the asso ciation will encounter at this season of the year in raising the large sum required to make the next season a possibility. “The decision of the Washington I directors to undertake their cam paign in spite of the loss of three* valuable months is one which dem onstrates courage and perseverance o' a high order. Washington is to be congratulated on possessing citi 80 distinguished a sense of public obligation and of unselfish i»to a high cause. They are etl 40 utmost support every resident and enterprise in Washing ton can give The country wishes Uiem success.” DR. JOHN R. STEELMAN. SAMUEL R. ROSENBAUM. G. W. U. Students Organize New Association Conduct of Dr. Marvin And Trustees Rapped In Gibbon Case Students at George Washington University, estimated by their spokesman to number about 150, last night formed a Student Asso ciation for a Democratic University and in resolutions denounced the conduct of President Cloyd Heck Marvin and the university trustees m not according Miss Martha,Gib son “an open hearing on -the cir cumstances of her resignation.” Miss Gibson resigned from the faculty, effective the end of the semester, after differences she said she had with Dr. Marvin over her future status there. An Investigating committee of the trustees found the board had acted properly in accepting Miss Gibson’s resignation which, it pointed out, was voluntary. The committee added that Miss Gibson had not appealed to the board prior to her resignation. Another resolution adopted by the student group last night requested the American Association of Uni versity Professors to conduct an in vestigation of the administration of Dr. Marvin. Miss Gibson also has laid her case before the association,. The meeting, held in the Western Presbyterian Church, 1906 H street N.W., also featured an adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, “Mikado,” satirizing Dr. Marvin. Howard Ennes, former editor of the university weekly, the Hatchet, said some 150 persons were on hand for the session. The lines of the operet ta were rewritten by three students— Norman Rose, Nancy Nimitz and Milton Salkind. Mr. Rose took the part of the Mikado. Gen. Marshall to Watch Fort Benning Maneuvers Gen. George C. Marshall, Army chief of staff, was to fly to New York City today for a private dinner party prior to leaving tomorrow for inspection of 40,000 troops maneu vering at Fort Benning, Ga. After spending three days viewing the action, which is preliminary to the mass war games involving 70,000 men next month in Texas and Louisiana, Gen. Marshall will go to Charleston, S. C., to inspect Fort Moultrie. Because of “pressing public busi ness,” it is understood Secretary of War Woodring will be unable to at tend the Fort Benning sham battle. However, he expects to be on hand the latter part of May for the climax of the Army's largest peace time operations. McCarthy to Be Speaker Leland Stanford McCarthy, mer chandise manager of Woodward & Lothrop s, will be guest speaker to morrow at a luncheon meeting of the Advertising Club of Washing ton at 12:30 pm. in the Raleigh Ho tel. Keep-Off-Grass Drive Extended To the Mall A park police drive, inspired by Secretary of the Interior Ickes to keep pedestrians off the grass in downtown park areas, has been ex tended to the Mall, it was announced today. Yesterday park police issued 124 warnings to trespassers seeking to use the well-worn paths which criss cross the grassy expanse between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. A. E. Demaray, associate director of the National Park Service, said today that trespassers came so thick and fast on the Mall yesterday that four policemen stationed to warn them had time to get only 77 of the 124 trespassers’ names, issuing only warnings to the rest. He said ar rests will be made If the warnings do not have the desired effect. s 7% Overton Seeks $300,000 for School Mergers Hopes Subcommittee Will Authorize Purchase of 3 Sites m By J. A. O’LEARY. The Senate subcommittee con sidering the 1941 District supply bill will be asked by Chairman Overton to keep alive the program for replacing and consolidating antiquated school buildings by add ing approximately $300,000 to the measure for that purpose. For that amount, the Louisiana Senator pointed out, the District could acquire sites and prepare plans for three of the proposed new proj ects, even though money to start construction would have to await the 1942 fiscal year. If the Senator’s recommendation is carried out, thfe three projects at the top of the wait ing list probably would be consid ered. They are: For a large, modern structure to replace the Cranch, Tyler and Van Ness Schools; site, $125,000, and plans, $10,500. For a new unit to replace the Morse and Twining Schools; site, $90,000, and plans, $7,350. For a building to replace the Brent, Dent, Lenox and French Schools; site, $65,000, and plans, $10,500. Sponsored Plan Last Year. Senator Overton took the initi ative last year in launching a pro gram to replace old, small grade schools with large new buildings that would save maintenance costs in future by reducing the total number of schools. A committee of District officials that studied the problem during the recess recommended that the pro gram start in 1942, with funds to be allowed at that time for both sites and construction. While school officials were testi fying yesterday afternoon on the 1941 bill, Senator Overton suggested it would be more advisable to begin buying sites and preparing plans now, so that construction could move forward more promptly under the 1942 bill. The inclusion of these school building items would further in crease the deficit already expected to result from the bill as it passed the House, but Senator Overton in dicated he believes the District gov ernment could tide itself over the next fiscal' year by using the au thority in the existing Revenue Act. goad until 4942^ to obtain advances from the Federal Treasury, to be paid back later. Meets Again Today. After making rapid progress yes terday, the subcommittee was to resume at 2:30 o’clock this after noon, hearing department heads asking for restoration of part of the reductions the House made in budget estimates. Under the House bill, totaling $48,276,717, it was estimated the city's general fund deficit next year might reach $800,000. If the Senate restores items the Commissioners are recommepding, the deficit would be about $1,198,000, District officials testified yesterday. This estimate does not include the proposed school building sites and plans suggested later in the day by Senator Overton. Abbott Site Brought Up. Senator Overton also indicated today he will support a recommen dation that the Brentwood Park site be designated in the bill for the new Abbott Vocational School, instead of the Thirteenth and Upshur street N.W. site specified in the House bill. The Senate sub committee was told the Brentwood Park site, near New York avenue N.E., is recommended by the Board of Education, the National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Commissioners. The subcommittee heard school officials yesterday afternoon in sup port of restoration of small House cuts in the items for furniture and equipment, for text books, repairs to schools and for education of crippled children. Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superin tendent of police, also was heard yes terday on several minor changes in police estimates. * Party to Be Held Tonight At Whittier School The Manor Park Citizens’ Associ ation and the Whittier P.-T. A. will hold their annual dinner and com munity party at 6:30 o’clock tonight at the Whittier School. Miss Elsie E. Green, principal of the school, will preside. The Rev. George E. Schnabel will offer the invocation. Daniel B. Lloyd, presi dent of the citizens’ association, will tell of his organization’s work, and Mrs. Paul O. Gottwals, presi dent of the parent-teacher group, will outline her association’s activ ities. Ernest Pullman will sketch the development of Manor Park, and Capt. Richard Mansfield will give a chalk talk on local history. A dramatic skit, “Manor Park’s a-Poppin,” by Mrs. J. O. Woodall, will be presented, and entertainment will be offered by the Kaplowitz Accordianists and dancers from the Lisa Gardner School. Abe Simon Is Honored At Pi Delta Epsilon Fete Abe Simon, member of the sub editorial staff of the George Wash ington University Hatchet, last night received a medal for the most valuable contributions to col lege publications from first-year men, at the initiation banquet of Pi Delta Epsilon, national honorary journalism fraternity, in the Facul ty Club. Edward T. Folliard and Frank Dennis of the Washington Post were principal speakers. Initiates were Rose Ellen Dobbyn, Mary Cruse Foscue, Mr. Simon, Bruce Skaggs, Hazel Smallwood, Margaret Snavely, Sydney Swiller, Sam Von Kummer, Allen Dewey and Nancy Whittemore. k OPEN FOR GARDEN TOUR—This is a view of the magnificent 3101 R street N.W., which will be opened to the public for the boxwood and flower gardens in one of the formal sections of Georgetown garden pilgrimage Saturday. Proceeds of the tour Dumbarton Oaks, estate of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, at will be used for the support of Children’s House. Tire-Stealing Ring Linked to D. C. by Buffalo Police Detective Charges 'Fences' Sold Goods In Washington A huge four-State tire-stealing ring has been using Washington as one of four distributing points for stolen goods, a detective declared yesterday in Buffalo, according to the Associated Press. Detective Fred McMullen, follow ing the arrest of Morris Levy, 39, in ruffalo, was quoted as saying Wash ington was the scene of operation by “fences,” who received the tires from Cleveland and sold them here. Inspector Bernard W. Thompson, Washington chief of detectives, said he had no information from Buffalo police concerning the alleged ring. The Associated Press said a Cleve land officer, Lt. Charles Cavolo, left Buffalo yesterday for Washington and Erie, Pa., but Inspector Thomp son said he had not been so in formed. Buffalo officers were quoted as saying Levy was free on bail on a charge of receiving stolen property. Detectiv# McMullen said the ring worked out of Cleveland, and had stolen about a "million dollars worth of tires” in the last six years, ac cording to the dispatch. He said the ring members “stole tires from new automobiles parked on Cleveland streets, shipped them to ‘fences’ where they were cleaned, wrapped and then sent to the ring's distributing offices in Washington, Buffalo, Erie and Harrisburg, Pa., to be sold.” Lt Cavolo, who is assisting Buffalo police, said approximately 2,000 stolen tires have been recovered” and added “several persons are now under arrest in Cleveland pending further investigation.” Mother Has 24th Child WILKES-BARRE, April 23 (4>).— Mrs. Samuel Sciandra, 45. gave birth yesterday to her 24th child in 29 years. The boy and the mother were reported doing nicely at a hos pital. Precinct Accident Charts Devised to Cut Auto Toll Monthly Figures, Readily Comparable, To Point to Areas Needing Vigilance In a move to reduce Washington’s traffic fatalities during the coming year to a minimum, the traffic di vision of the Police Department is issuing to each of the 13 precincts throughout the city a monthly com parison of accidents in each pre cinct involving pedestrians and motorists during 1939 and 1940, it was learned today. Together with the charts are in structions by Inspector William E. Holmes of the traffic division, to “crack down” on violations causing accidents. At the same time, Inspector Holmes is making the rounds of the precincts and holding conferences with the commanding officers to formulate a comprehensive program of traffic enforcement. “Traffic deaths in this citiy can and will be cut drastically," In spector Holmes declared. “By means of this monthly comparison and my follow-up visits to the precincts, the police will be able to see just how and where accidents happen in their territory'. Sees 50 Per Cent Cut in Toll. “If the public will co-operate in our drive to make Washington a safe city, I sincerely believe last year’s traffic toll of 85 will be cut at least in half.” This monthly accident compari son chart is an innovation, the in spector explained. Last year it was issued to the precincts only twice. But now the statistics are being as sembled and sent out monthly. The chart is composed of two sec tions—one comparing pedestrian ac cidents by precincts during each month of 1939 and 1940 and one comparing all traffic accidents by precincts during the same period of time. These comparisons are further di vided into the number of fatalities, both pedestrian and motorist, and the percentage of accidents in each precinct. Offers Ready Comparison. The pedestrian accident statistics are assembled in parallel columns under each month and opposite the particular precinct. There is a Girls of Type That Men Like Sought as Air Hostesses Talent Scout, Here, Tells Qualifications For Applicants If you’re “the kind of girl men like,” you begin to be the answer to one talent scout’s prayer. Searching for local taient is Miss Ida Staggers, assistant chief hostess for Transcontinental & Western Airlines, who is flying about the country looking for air hostesses. To start out with, the girls have to be registered nurses, though Miss Staggers, with an eye to the future, is interviewing seniors from the hospitals here. But being a nurse and filling the physical requirements—21 to 26 years, 100 to 125 pounds and 5 feet 1 to 5 feet 5—is only the beginning of it. The prospective air hostess has to have pretty teeth—that make for a pretty smile. Reticence Barred. She has to be a good conversation alist and know whether her pas senger wants to chat or is a big businessman with things on his mind. But, “if she’s a shy, reticent little girl we don’t want her.” She can’t be a homebody—she has to gad about the country too much. And she can’t be engaged or contemplating marriage in the near future—the airline loses them too fast through matrimony any how. She has to look well in a suit and the jaunty cap that goes with her uniform. She doesn’t have to know how to cook—that’s taken care of during the five weeks’ training period she spends in Kansas City where she also learns geography, how to make a berth up, how to take tickets and how to serve meals. Bleached Blonds Out. She can’t be a bleached blond, at least not obviously so. The men frown on that, according to Miss Staggers. A MISS IDA STAGGERS. Star Staff Photo. What Miss Staggers says she was told to find and what she is comb ing the local hospitals to discover boils down to this: “I’m trying to find girls that men like. Women will be critical of other women, but men will forgive a lot of things if the girl has a pretty smile and can talk to them.” Apparently that’s the kind of girl the airline is getting, too, Miss Stag gers added, pointing out that the average length of stay is about a year and the girls rarely resign to go back to nursing. Miss Staggers claims there’s no glamour to the job of air hostessing. And she ought to know. She wears on her uniform a ruby-studded pin given her for having traveled half a million miles. So if you’re interested in the matrimonial bureau of the air—and don’t get dizzy at great heights— Miss Staggtrs is at the Mayflower Hotel. * Auto Liens Transfer Bill Sidetracked by 21-33 Senate Vote Overton Move Beaten After Patronage Fight Is Charged The bill to transfer automobile liens from the Recorder of Deeds Office to the Department of Motor Vehicles appeared today to be side tracked until the next Congress, fol lowing the Senate's refusal to con sider the measure yesterday, by a roll call vote of 21 to 33. Senator Overton, Democrat, of Louisiana, who represented the Dis trict Committee in seeking action on the bill yesterday, conceded it prob ably would not come up again, unless the House should pass it and send it to the Senate. The successful fight against the measure was led by Senator Thomas, Democrat, of Oklahoma, supported by Republican Leader McNary of Oregon, and Senator Truman, Demo crat, of Missouri. Sees Reduction of Fees. Senator Overton explained the purpose of the bill was to bring all the records relating to motor vehicles together in one place, so that the director of traffic would have com plete information on which to base the certificates of title he issues. It also would reduce the cost of filing liens on automobiles from $1.50 to 50 cents. Senator Overton said, con tending the present fee is too high. Senator Thomas of Oklahoma in sisted the bill is a patronage fight, and declared it would decrease the patronage of the recorder of deeds. Dr. William J. Thompkins and in crease the personnel of the Traffic Bureau. Ip reply to the contention of the Commissioners that the cost of filing liens would be reduced by the bill, Senator Thomas presented a state ment from Dr. Thompkins, reciting that in 1935 the Commissioners re commended the fee be fixed at $2.50. Senator Thomas said the recorder of deeds remonstrated against that fee as being too high, and that it was fixed at $1.50. Cites Other Jurisdictions. Senator Truman said he had no knowledge of and was not Interested in the patronage question, but argued that elsewhere automobile liens are filed with the recorder of deeds. He said if the present fee is regarded as too high Congress could reduce it, without transferring the function. Eighteen Democrats, 14 Republic ans and 1 Progressive joined to de feat the motion to take up the bill. Twenty Democrats and 1 Farmer Laborite supported Senator Overton’s motion. The roll call follows: Against taking up the bill: Demo crats—Byrns, Clark of Missouri, Gerry, Harrison, Lucas, Maloney, Mead, Minton. Neely, OMahoney, Schwartz, Sheppard, Stewart, Thomas of Oklahoma, Truman, Tydings, Van Nuys and Walsh. 18. Republicans — Austin, Barbour, Danaher, Davis, Gibson, Gurney, Hale, Holman, Johnson of California, Lodge, McNary, Taft, Thomas of Idaho, Townsend. 14. Progressive— La Follette. 1. To take up the bill: Democrats— Adams, Bankhead, Barkley, Bone, Mrs. Caraway, Chandler, Ellender, George, Hatch, Hayden, Hill, John son of Colorado, McKeller, Murray, Overton, Pepper, Pittman, Russell, Schwellenbach and Thomas of Utah. 20. Farmer-Laborite—Shipstead. 1. Narcissus Show Honors Go to Mrs. C. E. Ross A silver medal offered by the Woodridge Garden Club at its Nar cissus Show at Sherwood Hall last night went to Mrs. C. E. Ross, who had the highest number of points in 39 classes. The medal, awarded by the Stumpp & Walter concern, was given for points on specimen blooms, collection classes and ar rangements. G. U. Graff won both awards of fered by A. Frylink & Sons, con sisting of $5 worth of narcissus bulbs for the best trumpet and the best short-cup flower in the show. An award of $2.50 worth of bulbs given by P. Rynveld & Sons for the best arrangement, went to Mrs. E. A. Clark. Judges were Edwin C. Powell and A. 8. Thurston. n space for the number of accidents under 1939, a space for 1940 acci dents and then two spaces showing the per cent of increase or decrease in accidents as compared with the 1939 figure. Under this large chart is another, divided into 1940 months and 1939 months, with the precinct numbers at the side, one under the other. Beneath each month is a space subdivided into three sections. One shows the number of fatal acci dents involving pedestrians, an other beside it shows the number of I accidents, and in in the third section is the percentage of accidents. The samt; method of presenting I accident statistics during 1939 and 1940 is used in a second chart com i paring all traffic accidents by pre | cincts. The value of such comparisons, | according to Inspector Holmes, lies in the. fact that each precinct can thus see easily whether pedestrian accidents increased or decreased in its territory during March, for in stance, as compared with the same month in 1939. Increases Spur Inquiry. Then, Inspector Holmes contin ued, if they increased, the next step is to find out just what caused the increase. It may be that too many cars are parked in the street, caus ing bad visibility. Or. perhaps both drivers failed to slow down when entering an intersection. In any event, the increase is a signal to the precinct to concentrate on all traf fic violations immediately until a decrease is shown the following month when compared with the same month last year. A study of the charts reveal that sharp increases in pedestrian acci dents during March of this year over March, 1939, occurred in only two precincts—No. 2 and No. 13. ' Both precincts are located in the same station house on U street between Vermont avenue and Ninth street N.W. No. 2 showed a 68 per cent in crease, with 27 accidents last month involving pedestrians, compared with 16 in March last year. No. 13 precinct had a 66 per cent rise in pedestrian accidents, with 35 last month and 21 in March, 1939. General Accidents Increase. The same two precincts show a decided jump in general traffic acci dents last month over March of last year. No. 2 precinct had 110 acci dents as compared with 96 in March, 1939, while No. 13 had 105, an in crease of 25 per cent over the 84 re ported in March, 1939. While there has been a decrease of 68 in pedestrian accidents for the first three months of this year as compared with a similar period in 1939, general traffic accidents showed an increase of 106 over the 2,617 reported for the first three months of last year. To date, however, there has been a decided drop in traffic fatalities. At this time last year 29 persons had been killed in traffic accidents in the'District, while only 17 have met their deaths so far in 1940. Boys7 Club Orators To Compete at Roanoke Andrew Shreve of Gonzaga High School and Anthony Marino, East ern High School, both members of the Boys’ Club of Washington, will compete Saturday at Roanoke, Va„ in an oratorical contest sponsored by the Optimist Clubs. Young Marmo won the contest sponsored here by the East Wash ington Optimist Club, while Shreve last night took the top honors in a contest sponsored by the down town Optimist Club. The contest was held in the central building of the Boys’ Club, at 230 C street N.W. Judges were Charles Cook, Charles Smoot and Harold Rice. Traffic Record The traffic record, as revealed at police headquarters for 24 hour period ending at 8 a.m. today: Fatalities, none. Accidents, 30. Motorists injured, 1. Motorists arrested, 330. Pedestrians injured, 9. Pedestrians arrested for vio lation of pedestrian control regulations, 4. New D. C. Tax Plan Is 'Dead/ Says Nichols House 'Somersault' On Changes in i.aw Brings Surprise New tax legislation for the District is "dead” at this session of Congress, it was predicted today by Repre sentative Nichols, Democrat, of Oklahoma, sponsor of a plan to sub stitute a combination retail sales lncome tax plan for the existing law which reaches down into the lower salary brackets. Mr. Nichols made his prediction after the House late yesterday turned a surprising somersault by killing both the dual tax plan as well as a program it haa previously approved tentatively to extend the local in cojne tax law to tap the salaries of residents of Maryland and Virginia or any other State who work here. Changes in the local income tax law, proposed by Representative Dirksen, Republican, of Illinois, champion of the existing income tax, had been tentatively approved by the House by a vote of 169 to 92 before the upset. In final action on the tax program, however, the House voted, 140 to 113, to kill the Dirksen plan as well as the one pro viding for a combination sales income tax. Dirksen to Press Issue. Mr. Dirksen, blaming the final House action on ‘‘confusion and misunderstanding,” said he would again attempt to get consideration of his program at the present session of Congress through special legisla tion. He intends to introduce a separate bill, that will contain the amendments the House tentatively indorsed. Aside from applying the income tax to non-residents who work in Washington, Mr. Dirksen would in clude under his proposed bill those who have an “abode” here for six months in a year. The proposed leg- > islation would specifically exempt ' j the President, members of his cab inet, members of Congress, judges of ] the Federal courts and the clerks I and secretaries of members of Con j gress. Three weeks ago the House flat I ly refused even to consider the dual tax program—a plan that called for a 2 per cent tax on retail sales and a tax on earned incomes in excess of $10,000 a year. Another attempt to force consideration of the plan was made yesterday at the insist ence of Representative Nichols. Efforts to compel renewed con sideration of the plan was marked by bitter and humorous debatae. Several times members were re minded that if the District needed additional revenue it could be pro vided by a raise in the tax rate on real and personal property. Mr. Dirksen explained a 10 per cent increase in the real estate tax levy which the Commissioners have authority to impose, would produce $1,110,000 in additional revenue which, he said, “would do the job” of meeting an anticipated deficit in District budget revenues for the coming fiscal year. He argued his amendments were designed primarily to ‘clarify” the present income tax law in view of a recent decision of the United States Court of Ap peals for the District which indi cated the levy could not legally be applied to persons not “domiciled” in the District. His plan, however, would not add to the tax burden of a non-resident whose income is earned in Wash ington. Such a person, subject to a $20 income tax in Virginia and $15 in the District, would pay the District $15 and Virginia $5. Debate on the House floor preced ing action on the combination retail sales-income tax bill surprised some of the veteran members. Represent ative Dies, Democrat, of Texas and chairman of the special committee investigating un-American activities, several times attempted to cut off the debate. Housing Situation Hit. Representative Hoffman, Repub lican of Michigan, in denouncing the sales tax proposal, complained about housing conditions in Washington and said some people have to pay $980 sr year for a room with no bed, no furnace and “not even a rug to sleep on.” Representative Schafer, Republic an, of Wisconsin, a former locomo tive engineer, also declared a sales tax would apply from "the baby's diaper down to the shroud.” He contended a sales tax would es tablish a “Chinese wall” around the District—far greater than the one in prohibition days—and concluded by saying: "Let’s give this hybrid tax abortion the kiss of death.” Representative Cochran, Demo crat, of Missouri, who had listened to the argument for an hour or more, finally took the floor and described the performance of the House as “a travesty on legislative procedure.” Religious Educators To Meet in Seminar Religious educators of three faiths will discuss “Religious Edu cation and Good Citizenship” at a seminar to be held by the Wash ington Round Table of the Na tional Conference of Christians and Jews tomorrow afternoon at the Y. W. C. A., Seventeenth and K streets NW. The speakers will include the Rev. Edward Dowd, instructor *in religious education at Catholic Uni versity; the Rev. H. E. Womom, director of religious education, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church; Joseph Cryden, principal of the Washington Hebrew Congregation Religious Education School; the Rev. William Henry Denney of the Covenant-First Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Frederick G. Hockwalt of Catholic University. Dr. Robert Connery, director of the Commission on American Citi zenship at Catholic University, will be the speaker at a luncheon meeting.