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Walter Johnson
In Congressional
Election Line-up
'Big Train's' Victory
Has Democratic
Leaders Worried
Walter Johnson, the “Big Train”
«f baseball, swept around another
curve today in his new career
Mr. Johnson, who 18 months ago
spent only 50 cents to win his first
public office, a Montgomery County
bommlssionership, is definitely in
stalled as a candidate in Maryland’s
congressional line of next fall.
Bearing the Republican banner,
the idol of countless diamond fans
■will oppose Representative Byron,
Democrat, in the race for the sixth
district seat in the House.
His triumph in the G. O. P. pri
maries came after a race with A.
Charles Stewart, Postburg merchant,
which hung in the balance for nearly
24 hours and finally left him the
winner by more than 1,000 votes.
Coupled with the renomination of
Representative Ward, who defeated
State Senator Dudley G. Roe of
Queen Anne County by 729 votes
in the Democratic primary on the
Eastern Shore, Mr. Johnson’s victory
sets up the following congressional
contests for the general election:
Senator Radcliffe, Democrat, and
former Gov. Nice, Republican.
House of Representatives.
First district — Representative
Ward, Salisbury, Democrat, and for
mer Judge Robert F. Duer, Princess
Anne, Republican.
Second district — Representative
Cole, Towson, Democrat, and Theo
dore F. Brown, Westminster, Re
Third district — Representative
D’Alesandro, Baltimore City, Dem
ocrat, and former Magistrate John
A. Janetske, Jr., Baltimore City, Re
Fourth district—Former Traffic
Court Magistrate John A. Meyer,
Baltimore City, Democrat, and Bal
timore City Councilman Daniel El
lison, Republican.
Fifth district — Representative
Sasscer, Upper Marlboro, Demo
crat, and Mayor John N. Torvestad.
Colmar Manor, Republican.
Sixth district—Representative By
ron, Williamsport, Democrat, and
Mr. Johnson, Germantown, Repub
Pussies Politicians.
Mr. Johnson, qpw 52, who re
tired to a farm near Germantown
at the close of his career in the
major leagues, has confounded
western Maryland political leaders
•thee he made his debut as a pol
itician 18 months ago.
The 50 cento he spent in his first
campaign was io pay a printing
bill. He was elected a county com
missioner by a large majority de
spite the fact that the Democrats
won every other place on the Mont
gomery ticket.
In his campaign for the House
nomination he exerted little effort.
He appeared at few rallies and en
gaged in but little campaign ac
tivity. His rivals, on the other
hand, put up a vigorous fight.
Mr. Johnson received the news of
his triumph with characteristic cool
ness and modesty at his home yes
“Gee, whiz,” he said, “the folks cer
tainly have been nice about this
whole thing.”
“I Just tell them that 111 try to do
my best and hope they’ll believe me,”
he added in an interview.
Mr. Johnson’s victory left Demo
cratic chieftains in Western Mary
land no little worried over the out
come of the Johnson-Byron race in
When Mr. Byron defeated Mr.
Stewart by 1,466 votes in the 1938
general election he won out because
he gained a 5,555-vote edge in
Montgomery, where Mr. Johnson is
certain to receive strong support in
the forthcoming contest.
Radcliffe Leads by 78,000.
With less than a score of the
State's 1,309 polling places unre
ported, Senator Radcliffe’s margin
In the Democratic primary topped
78,000 popular votes and he ap
peared certain of 99 of the 149 con
vention votes.
In 1,292 polling places Senator
Radcliffe received 173,685 votes,
while Howard Bruce, Democratic
national committeeman, polled 95,
028. Vincent Gierttowski, Baltimore
steel worker, the third candidate on
the ticket, was given 2,408.
Former Gov. Nice demonstrated
that he had not lost his grip with
the Republicans by his showing in
the Republican senatorial contest
with former Mayor William F.
Broening of Baltimore. With 250
polling places unreported he held a
popular vote total of 40,084 to Mr.
Broenlng’s 27,230. He appeared cer
tain to receive 93 convention votes,
Mr. Broening has 32 and 24 votes
are still in doubt.
Kennedy Loses by M Votes.
Representative Kennedy, ranking
majority member of the House Dis
trict Committee and the only mem
ber of Maryland’s completely Demo
cratic delegation in the House who
failed of renomination, lost to Mr.
Meyer by 98 votes on the basis of
unofficial returns.
He said that if the official tabula
tion, which begins tomorrow, show
he lost by not more than 98 votes
he would ask for a recount.
Both parties moved today to heal
the primary breaches and merge
their forces for the November bal
Mr. Bruce, in addition to the tele
gram of congratulations he sent to
Senator Radcliffe conceding the re
nomination, reiterated his determi
nation to lend a helping hand in
the campaign for the Senator’s re
William Curran, one of the lead
ers in the Bruce faction, declared, “I
am certain that Senator Radcliffe
will have behind him a united Dem
ocratic party.”
Mr. Nice, whom a number of Re
publican leaders tried to unhorse
■s the O. O. P.’s leader in the Free
State, called for party harmony in
the general election.
HOSPITAL UNIT DEDICATED—Pictured yesterday during
dedicatory exercises at the new hospital and administration unit
of the District Training School at Laurel, Md., are (left to right):
Robert E. Bondy, welfare director; Judge Fay Bentley and Dr.
Winfred Overholser,'superintendent of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
—Star Staff Photo.
Training School
Hospital Dedicated
By Mrs. Roosevelt
15,000 in District
Mentally Defective,
Dr. Overholzer Says
More than 500 Washingtonians
journeyed to the District Training
School at Laurel, Md., yesterday to
hear Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
dedicate the new $250,000 hospital
unit at the institution for the fee
While the sun beat down on the
visitors they also heard Dr. Win
fred Overholser, superintendent of
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, report that
2 y2 per cent of the population of
the District is feeble-minded.
He estimated that 15,000 District
residents are feeble-minded and as
serted that 1,500 need institutional
care. Pointing out that the Dis
trict TratoiBg School has a waiting
#f 4M, he said still more ap
tions would be made if relg
were not aware of the fact
that a long wait Unnecessary, due
to the limited facilities of the insti
The District, he asserted, is con
siderably farther down the list in
comparison with other States in
regard to capacity than to any
other feature of the institution.
Special Classes Stressed.
Citing as examples the Training
School Boys' Band and the girls’
chorus, which performed for the
visitors, he said much could be done
to train the Inmates, and that many
of them could be turned into use
ful trained workers.
Dr. Overholser stressed the im
portance of special classes in the
schools to bring out in backward
children the abilities they possess
and make them into well-behaved,
self-supporting workers.
Mrs. Roosevelt, who stayed only
long enough to speak briefly and
hurry through the new hospital,
said she was glad to see that at
least one institution in the District
had had one of its needs filled. She
termed the hospital “absolutely es
sential’’ and said she considered it
a step in the right direction.
Commissioner John Russell Young,
who also spoke, said that during
his brief period as Commissioner
he had been asking questions and
had decided there was much room
for improvement of welfare facili
“I don't want to make any false
promises,’’ he said, "but if it can
possibly be done, we’re going to im
prove things.”
Frederick W. McReynolds, chair
man of the Board of Public Wel
fare, presided at the dedication
ceremonies, and Dr. James Lewald,
superintendent of the District
Training School, gave a brief wel
coming address.
Arranged by the Monday Evening
Club because of its long-time inter
est in the institution, the dedica
tion ceremonies attracted the city’s
leading welfare officials, as well as
many others interested in civic work.
Following the exercises the visi
tors went through the new building,
which houses the administration
offices as well as the psychologist's
office, a barber shop, canteen, X-ray
rooms, dental clinic, autopsy room,
medical library, operating rooms
and wards for the sick inmates.
Band Concert
By the United States Marine Band
tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o’clock
in the Marine Barracks auditorium.
William F. Santehnann, leader;
Henry Weber, second leafier.
“The Marines’ Hymn.”
March, “Cotton Camivkl” . Rogers
Overture, "Semiramide” ...Rossini
Trombone solo, “Songs My Mother
Taught Me”.Dvorak
Musician Robert Isele.
“Indian Mother’s Song”..Langenus
March, “Youth on Parade”..O’Hara
Hymn, "Rock of Ages.”
“The Star Spangled Banner.”
Traffic Record
The traffic record, as revealed
at police headquarters for 24
hour period ending at S a.m.
Fatalities, none.
Accidents, 22.
Motorists Injured, 1.
Motorists arrested, 317.
Pedestrians injured, 4.
Pedestrians arrested for Eo
lation of pedestrian control
regulations, 1.
All Teachers Urged
By Ballou to Help
Betterment Program
Superintendent Gives
Forecast of Each Level
Of Public Education
Supt. Frank W. Ballou today
called on all teachers and officers
in the public school system for full
co-operation and participation in
the improvement of the school pro
gram from kindergarten through
teachers college.
In a final Teachers Institute ad
dress at McKinley High School to
the teachers in the white schools,
Dr. Ballou reviewed at some length
what is being done in all levels of
the public education setup here and
in each case suggested what he
thought the future held. He will
address the colored teachers Monday
at 2:15 pm. at Armstrong High
me program of the elementary
school of the future will, as in the
past, be foundational in nature, he
said, adding that it - must have the
“thoroughgoing co-operation of the
home and all other social agencies
whose spheres of influence touch
the lives of children.”
The vocational school of the fu
ture will not be the dumping ground
for misfit pupils in the other levels,
the superintendent declared, and
should have more complete infor
mation about its pupils than it has
had in the past. He said this in
formation would be necessary if the
counseling service for pupils is to
be effective.
He said the junior high school
is succeeding least in securing mas
tery of fundamental processes, pro
viding adequate exploration, pro
viding individual guidance, develop
ing power to think independently
and accurately, making adequate
provision for brightest and slowest
children, making transition from
grades to high school gradual and
easy, and providing adequate
remedial work.
Dr. Ballou said that one of the
most pressing needs in the senior
highs, in his opinion, is for an edu
cational program to take care of
those pupils who are without inter
est or capacity to pursue success
fully a college preparatory course, a
commercial course or an industrial
arts course, which involves a high
degree of skill.
He expressed a “genuine interest”
in a junior college to be organized
and administered along with the
teachers’ college.
Edwin Nauck, Retired
U. S. Attorney, Dies at 73
Edwin Nauck, 73, of 14 Sherman
Circle, who retired in 1937 after 30
years as an attorney in the Office of
the Adjutant General, War Depart
ment, died Monday in Emergency
Hospital. Funeral services were held
at 2 pm. today at his home. Burial
was to be in Rock Creek Cemetery.
Mr. Nauck was a native and life
long resident of Washington. He was
educated in the public schools and
later attended the old Columbian
College, now George Washington
University, where he received his
LL. B. in 1887 and his LL. M. the
following year. He entered Govern
ment service after several years of
private practice.
Mr. Nauck was a Master Mason
and a member of Petworth Masonic
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Minnie K.
Nauck, and a brother, Oscar Nauck
of this city.
Hearing Ordered on Plan
For New Radio Station
The Federal Communications Com
mission today ordered a hearing
on the application of the Arlington
Broadcasting Corp., Arlington, Va.,
for a new radio station. The com
pany filed an application several
months ago for permission to op
erate on a frequency of 1,420 kilo
cycles, with 250 watts power and
unlimited time. The transmitter site
has not been determined. The hear
ing date will be fixed later.
The commission also announced
it had dismissed the petition of
the American Broadcasting Co., op
erators of station WOL here, for a
rehearing in the action by the
commission in granting a new sta
tion construction permit to Law
rence Heller. The rifapwimmi was
on the application of the Ameri
can Broadcasting Co.
Federation Asks
Arlington Jail
To Seek Co-operation
Of County Board
Of Public Welfare
The Arlington County (Va.) Civic
Federation will see* the assistance
of the County Board of Public Wel
fare in a proposed investigation of
Jail facilities, following action taken
by the civic body last night.
Horace Woodward, chairman of
the Public Health Committee, re
viewed a brief history of the present
structure, which was started in 1915
as a six-room private dwelling. In
1925, he said, the Organized Women
Voters of Arlington sought to have
the jail facilities modernized, but no
results were obtained at that time.
Mr. Woodward said that the pro
posed study would consider such
problems as the desirability of re
taining the jail at ita present site
adjacent to the courthouse and also
the feasibility of maintaining an in
stitution supported by two or more
adjacent jurisdictions.
School Finance Study Ordered.
The School Committee was in
structed to look into the present
methods of financing the school de
partment, in another measure ap
proved. Julian D. Simpson, author
of the measure, pointed out that the
public does not have full knowledge
of how new school projects are
A study should reveal the present
sources of revenue used for schr'ol
construction programs, Mr.* Simpson
asserted, and determine whether
education officials are obtaining
funds at the lowest possible interest
Harrison Mann of the School Com
mittee asserted that Arlington's
present school situation is "de
plorable,” and declared it is "ex
tremely difficult” for members of his
committee to obtain information
about the county school system.
Another measure, by WUH&m C.
Hull, calls upon Senators Byrd and
Glass, Democrats, of Virginia to con
tinue their efforts to have stricken
from the District appropriation bill a
requirement that Virginia students
in Washington public schools pay
tuition fees. In the discussion thr*t
ensued it was stated that many
Arlington parents prefer to have
their children educated in the Dis
trict school system in preference to
those in Arlington.
Express Service Cited.
Chairman Robert E. Plymale of
the Public Utilities Committee re
ported success in obtaining free pick
up and delivery express service in the
county. He introduced 8. W. Hughes
of the .Railway Express Agency, who
declared his firm has applied to the
Interstate Commerce Commission to
extend the service tc Arlington on
June 1.
Another resolution by Mr. Wood
ward requests county officials to
study the feasibility of a county
operated garbage and trash collec
tion service to replace the present
private-contract system The resolu
tion does not recommend an immedi
ate change over if it is found to re
quire too large expenditures. The
federation suggested a plan, how
ever, whereby the county could start
on a small area and let contracts for
the remaining portion of the county
—increasing the county -served areas
in future years.
Hull Opposes Resolution.
Mr. Hull opposed the resolution
because he said the county could not
operate such a service as economi
cally as a private contractor. He
said that his observations of the
extra men hired for maintaining
streets convinced him that county
operation would be more expensive.
He also warned that the proposed
system would provide an excellent
place for the filling of political ap
pointments by elected county offi
Another resolution asks considera
tion by county officials of a plan to
limit free trash and garbage collec
tions to private residences and to re
quire' commercial enterprises and
larger apartments to pay fees for
this service.
Other action included approval of
resolutions by Bjorn Oddsson re
questing a traffic light at Lee boule
vard and Garfield street, and
another light on Wilson boulevard
near Custis road or Rhodes street.
Mrs. Florence Cannon, first vice
president, presided in the absence of
President A. D. Adams
Poster Contest Winners
To Get Certificates
Winners of a dental health poster
contest will receive merchandise
certificates at a meeting tomorrow
at 2 pm. at Garnet Patterson Junior
High School.
Hie contest Is carried oq annu
ally under the auspices of the Rob
ert T. Freeman Dental Society and
the art teachers in the colored
Principal speaker at the meeting
will be E. B. Henderson, head of
the physical education department
in the colored divisions. Dr. C.
Thurston Farebee* president of the
society, will speak.
Soap Box Broadcast
Boys, tune in Station WMAL
at 4:15 pm. today to hear a
new quiz program based on the
1940 Soap Box Derby rules.
Paul B. Cramer, jr.; J. Le Roy
Poole, Clark B. Stewart and
Edwin Walter, Derby veterans
who finished high in the 1939
race, will attempt to answer
questions on the rules asked by
Bill Coyle, radio director of
The Star.
In addition, you will hear a
review of the latest news of
Derby racers and drivers in
Washington and vicinity. Derby
Director Zeb T. Hamilton will
have a brief message of im
portance to all Derby entrants.
fWatch The Star for
Derby News.)
tended the annual dinner of the American Red Cross Convention at the Mayflower Hotel last
night included, left to right, Norman Davis, chairman of the Red Cross; Mabel T. Boardman,
secretary, and Supreme Court Justice Reed. —Star Staff Photo.
Junior Red Cross
Calls for World Ties
To Promote Peace
Organization Meets
With Seniors Today
In Final Plenary Session
The American Junior Red Cross,
represented here by a record break
ing attendance of boys and girls
from every state, today extended to
Junior Red Cross societies of 14 Pan
American nations and 29 other na
tions the hand of “world-wide
friendship and unselfish service to
Messages to this purpose went out
today following official action by the
enthusiastic group in annual session
at the Interior Department Audi
torium, where world problems faciBff
youth were dissected.
The more than 850 delegates, who
had participated in their annual
dinner dance last night at the Wash
ington Hotel, today joined with their
seniors in the final plenary session
of the American Red Cross at Me
morial Continental Hall.
meir action yesterday authorizing
the international messages, to go by
letter, was bulwarked also by reso
lutions expressing the spirit of “bet
ter relationship oetween ourselves
and our foreign Red Cross friends."
The messages to world organiza
tions, in which 20,000,000 boys and
girls throughout the world are joined,
declared "sincere hope that the com
mon ideals and purposes of the
Junior Red Cross throughout the
world will continue to cement friend
ships and make for universal good
will and peace.”
No message went to Germany,
where there is no Junior Red Cross.
Advisory Committee Elected.
Nine boys and girls from repre
sentative section* of the country
were elected members cl the national
delegates’ Advisory Committee of the
American Junior Reo Cross. This
is the first such council to be elected
by members of the society.
The council will hold office until
the 1941 convention, assisting the
national staff of the Junior Red
Cross on the year’s program. Hie
council represents 8,000,000 boy and
girl members of the society.
James T. Nicholson national di
rector of the American Junior Red
Cross, speaking at the dinner last
night, called on the delegates to “as
sume considerable responsibility for
repelling all the attacks upon our
heritage which are made by ignor
ance, indifference, carelessness and
unbridled selfishness. .
Mr. Nicholson, who recently re
turned from Europe, where he was a
member of the American Red Cross
Relief Commission, graphically de
scribed some of the tragic scenes he
had witnessed.
The toastmaster at the juniors’
banquet was Mrs. August Belmont.
She was introduced by Livingston L.
Blair assistant national director of
the American Junior Red Cross.
The Junior Red Cross officers,
which were appointed and served
during this convention, were Richard
Wheaton, chairman, of Los Angeles;
Richard Worrall, vice chairman,
Richmond, Va., and Dorothea
Chapleau, secretary, Chicago.
Danish Seaman Asks
To Remain in U. S.
Immigration officials today were
considering the case of a 20-year-old
Danish seaman who pleaded that he
be allowed to remain in this coun
try after he Jumped his ship in Bal
timore because the Nazis had in
vaded Denmark.
The seaman, Carl Christian Jen
sen, sailed from a Norwegian port
with a freighter bound for Balti
more, and was on the Atlantic when
he learned his country had been
Jensen slipped away from his ship
and came to Washington, where he
was found Saturday on Capitol Hill,
hungry, penniless and without
proper papers of entry.
Yesterday he was given a hearing
before immigration officials. He
pleaded that he be allowed to stay
in the United States. A Baltimore
immigration inspector took testi
mony and reported his findings to
the Maryland office.
Recommendations will be made to
a board of review'in Washington
for the final decision. Meanwhile
the young seaman was returned to
the District Jail.
Reddy to Explore Relief Needs
Of Greenland for Red Cross
Assistant Director
Of Disaster Service
To Sail on Cutter
Maurice R. Reddy of this city,
assistant director of disaster relief
service of the American Red Cross,
will sail Friday on the United States
Coast Guard cutter Comanche for
Greenland, a Danish possession, to
explore the possibilities of the relief
needs in that country as a result of
the absorption of Denmark by Ger
This was announced last night
by Norman Davis, chairman of the
Red Cross, and Mr. Reddy began
immediately to prepare for the long
and arduous trip. The Comanche
is making the trip to establish an
I American consulate in Greenland
! under plan* recently announced by
President Roosevelt. Mr. Davis was
asked by the President to look into
! the possibilities of relief needs in
Mr. Reddy, who has been on the
firing line in disaster relief in many
parts of the country, said that if
satisfactory trade relations could
be worked out for Greenland it was
possible that the people there could
be self-supporting.
These people, Mr. Davis was re
cently informed by Donald B. Mac
Millan, noted Arctic explorer, con
sist mostly of about 500 Danes,
17,000 Eskimos and the remainder a
people calling themselves Green
landers. They live mostly by hunt
ing, fishing and trapping. Their
exports have been largely whale oil,
pelts and codfish. Since the war.
particularly since absorption of
their homeland by Germany, it is
reported their imports, including
food supplies, have been cut oil.
Their imports, principally from the
mother country, were clothing and
food, such as cereals sugar and
coffee. Four commercial ships a
year formerly went to Greenland.
Mr. Reddy, who lives at 3713 S
street N.W., entered the Red Cross
in 1919 after leaving the Army.
His first disaster relief work with
the national organization was in
the tri-State tornado of 1925 which
swept the Midwest. As assistant
director of disaster relief he has
directed relief in a series of Mid
western floods and tornadoes and
large-scale fires in New England.
In 1936 he directed relief in the
flooded Pittsburgh area. Prior to
joining the Red Cross Mr. Reddy
was engaged in newspaper and so
cial service work.
Third Escaped Convict
Retaken in Virginia
Charles E. Leapley, 23, who with
two other convicts escaped from
Lcrton Reformatory three weeks ago,
was being held at Pulaski, Va., to
day, awaiting return to the prison.
He was captured yesterday, ac
cording to word received at Lorton,
when he violated a minor traffic
regulation. Police recognized him
from photographs and notified Lor
ton Supt. Ray Huff.
The other two men were arrested
about a week ago in Abingdon, Va.
They are William R. Crosswhite, 24,
and Robert C. Chappell, 23. The
three escaped by stealing one of
the reformatory’s trucks, which
they later abandoned.
A posse was formed and blood
hounds were put on the trail, but
the men shook off the pursuers.
Bolles to Speak
Representative Bolles, member of
the House District Committee, will
speak tonight before the 32d an
nual celebration of the founding of
the Rhode Island Avenue Citizens’
Association, to be held in Wood
ridge Subbranch Library. Mr.
Bolles is expected to discuss police
and lire problems of the District,
according to Harold J. Clay, presi
Suspect in Theft Here
Arrested in Baltimore
A Washington detective was or
dered to Baltimore today to return a
man arrested there in connection
with the robbery of a jeweiry store
here yesterday.
The suspect is a colored man, who
was arrested while attempting to
pawn watches which were stolen
from the window of a jewelry store
at 3322 Fourteenth street N.W. The
window of the store had been
smashed and police reported the
suspect held in Baltimore had cuts
on his hand.
Detective Charles Cannon of the
sixth precinct was injured while in
vestigating the theft. A piece of
glass fell out of the show window,
landed on his foot and severed part
of one toe.
Legion Post Presents
Flag to Blair School
A large silk Maryland flag has
been presented to Montgomery Blair
Senior High School, Silver Spring,
Md., by Cissel-Saxon Post, No. 41,
American Legion.
The flag, which was presented by
George Hutchinson, will be placed
in the school auditorium. Members
of the Legion’s Flag Committee are
Joseph C. Cissel, James E. Roeder
and Lauman T. Paulconer.
Braille Problems Discussed
At Red Cross Round Table
A discarded sewing machine whieb
fashioned Snow White and the
seven dwarfs illustrations that the
blind might “see” their adventures
was described at a round-table dis
cussion on braille as part of the
American Red Cross Convention in
the Willard Hotel yesterday.
Equipped with varying sizes of
stylus, the old machine punched
the little dots that serve as the one
great link between light and dark
ness for the world’s blind.
The presentation or illustrations
was explained by Mrs. Donald M.
Morgan, director of braille service
for the New York City Chapter of
the Red Cross and one of more than
a score of braille experts who dls
cusseed the problems of teaching
the blind.
An unsurmountable barrier In
braille illustrations, Mrs. Morgan
pointed out, was that the third
dim—MtaWj without Which BO pte
ture Is complete, can not be put
down for the blind to see. This
accounted, she said, for the fact
that most braille illustrations are
extremely simple and are more ap
plicable to children’s books.
This was brought out when Miss
Cora Fitton, home teacher of the
Polytechnic Institute for the Blind
in Washington, told of blind young
sters in the District who often con
fused the dwarfs with flowers and
other objects.
As a further illustration of the
third dimension problem for the
blind Miss Alice Rohr back, national
director of braille for the Red Cross,
said a drawing of a cube to the
blind is “only a square.” She sug
gested that some conventional
form of' symbols be universally used
in illustrations.
Mias Rohrback, who lives in Bfad
dock Heights, Md., and has been
director of braille for two years,
has boon Mind since Infancy. i
Red Cross Plans
For War Relief
Support Pledged to
National Officers'
Acts in Suck Events
The American Red Cross, nearing
the close of its annual convention,
today prepared to meet whatever
emergency may come in war relief
A record-breaking group of dele
gates in Memorial Continental Hall
adopted unanimously a resolution
pledging their support to the na
tional officers whenever, in their
judgment, it "becomes necessary to
make a Nation-wide appeal for
funds for war relief.”
The seriops view the Red Cross
takes of the future found reflection
in the words of Senator Maloney of
Connecticut during a brief speech
accepting the flag of honor for his
State. Praising the national leader
ship of the Red Cross and paying
tribute to Miss Mabel T. Boardman,
secretary, who has relinquished
active direction of the volunteer
service, Senator Maloney said:
“It is sad to contemplate the
heavy potential duty of the Red
Cross in the days just ahead.”
D. C. Chapter Praised.
Apparently because of the war sit
uation, the delegates left decision as
to the next convention to the Cen
tral Committee.
The District chapter received
further praise today when Miss
Boar dm an announced that it led
the Nation with an enrollment of
more than 22 per cent of the popu
lation here. The District waived
its right to the honor membership
flag, she explained, because it
had won the emblem so many times
Three honor flags were presented.
Nevada won the emblem in ths
group of smallest States. Connecti
cut took the flag in the middle di
vision, and Ohio won in the group
of largest States.
The convention was to close fol
lowing two luncheons today—one
at the Willard Hotel and the other
at the National Press Club audi
torium. The convention has at
tracted 3,748 persons. 800 more than
any previvous convention.
Juniors’ Resolutions Adopted.
The senior convention unani
mously adopted certain recommen
dations from the junior Red Cross
presented by Carlton Johnson of
Minnesota. The juniors in the in
terest of a “closer band with the
other American Nations," proposed
to increase friendly relations through
international portfolios, correspond
ence and junior Red Cross publica
tions. “This was not to the end of
excluding the rest of the world, but
rather of forming a union which
would be founded on the only stable
force in a nation—its culture.”
The juniors also proposed to in
crease the work for relief of the
• needy.
Miss Boardman, reviewing 40
years of service with the Red Cross,
and expressing appreciation for the
many tributes paid her, including an
official resolution, she said she had
seen the organization grow from
“300 names on paper” to "one of the
most powerful organizations of its
kind in the world with 15,000,000
members, a power for good in this
world of sorrow, suffering, bitterness
and strife ”
Canada Sees Long War.
Referring to the statement at a
banquet last night, Norman Som
merville, head of the Canadian Red
Cross, that Canada is preparing for
a war of three, possibly five years’
duration, Miss Boardman said: “We,
too, face responsibility. Ours is not
yet armed forces, but contributions
and material help. We should be
thankful we have the opportunity
to relieve suffering.”
The principal address of the Anal
plenary session this morning was de
livered by the Rev. Samuel H. Gold
enson of New York City.
John M. Harrison of Minneapolis,
chairman of the Resolutions Com
mittee, presented the resolution on
war-relief work. The resolution re
cited the accomplishments of the
American Red Cross, including the
expenditure of $1,437,717 for relief
Another resolution paid tribute to
Miss Boardman and welcomed her
successor, Mrs. Dwight F. Davis, as
national director of Volunteer Spe
cial Services.
Thank President.
The delegates expressed deep ap
preciation to President Roosevelt for
his message at the opening session
and “noted with satisfaction” the
assurance of his support in favor of
an international convention designed
to protect civilian and noncombatant
populations “from the tragedy of in
discriminate bombing.’
Committee Commended.
The International Red Cross Com
mittee was commended for “dis
patch and efficiency” in the war sit
uation, and the League of Red Cross
Societies was praised.
Delegates were greeted yesterday
afternoon at a White House garden
party by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt,
who congratulated the Red Cross
workers on their achievements. She
declared the Red Cross never be
fore had been faced with such a
challenge, but expressed confidence
the challenge would be met.
Addressing the annual dinner last
night at the Mayflower Hotel, Stan
ley Reed, associate Justice of the
Supreme Court, characterized the
Red Cross as the best example of
“the success of the democratic
process” in the midst of a world
“locked in the age-old struggle to
adjust the liberty of the individual
to the needs of Government.”
Canadian Official Speaks.
Mr. Somerville outlined at the
dinner the great increase in activi
ties of the Red Cross in Canada
since the war began. Branches and
auxiliaries, he said, constitute over
8,500 groups throughout Canada.
Norman H. Davis, chairman of
the Central Committee of the Amer
ican Red Cross, presided at the
banquet, and the invocation was by
the Right Rev. Joseph M. Ccwrigan,
rector of Catholic University if

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