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General News
_ __ WASHINGTON, D. C., JULY, 7, 1940. * B—1
House Expected
To Ignore D. C.
Bills Tomorrow
All Nine on Calendar
Are Classed as
Although House leaders arranged
yesterday to set aside tomorrow for
consideration of District legislation,
there is little likelihood any of the
nine local bills on the calendar will
be called up because of their con
troversial nature.
Chairman Randolph of the Dis
trict Committee, out of the city for
the week end, could not be reached
for an explanation of his plans. But
since the nine bills have been on
the calendar for some time, there
are indications he will not make any
effort to have them considered.
Would Give Right of Way.
At the office of Majority Leader
Rayburn it was said the right of
way would be given District legisla
tion if Representative Randolph de
sired to call up any of the nine
bills. In recent weeks, however,
House leaders requested Mr. Ran
dolph not to bring up any local leg
islation that would likely lead to a
prolonged debate.
Heading th* list of the so-called
"controversial” bills long ready for
House action is one authorizing the
Public Utilities Commission to re
duce the number of taxicabs in op
eration in Washington. Next is a
measure sponsored by Representa
tive Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana
which would open the local milk
market to milk and cream produced
In any section of the country. Intro
duced at the close of the milk in
vestigation a year ago, this measure,
according to Mr. Schulte, would end
the "monopolistic” control of Wash
ington's milk supply by organized
producers in Maryland, Virginia and
parts of West Virginia.
Other Bills on Calendar.
Other bills on the House calendar
Which could be considered follow:
1. Providing for reorganization of
the municipal government in the
interest of efficiency and economy.
2. Permitting minors 14 years of
age or over to take part in profes
sional concerts and theatrical pro
3. Authorizing the Alcoholic Bev
erage Control Board to control the
retail price of liquor.
4. Amend existing law regulating
Insanity proceedings.
5. Tighten existing law regulating
the practice of optometry.
6. Regulating professional engi
7. Prohibiting the sale of convict
made goods in the District.
A national bill to prevent ship
ment of prison-made commodities
in interstate commerce already has
passed the House and is awaiting
Senate action. Chairman King of
the Senate District Committee in
tends to seek an amendment to this
measure to allow the municipal
government to continue to use brick,
automobile tags and traffic signs
produced in the industrial rehabili
tation shops at the District Reform
atory at Lorton, Va.
De Valera's Neutrality
Statement Issued Here
The Irish Legation here yesterday
circulated a brief statement by
Eamon de Valera. Chief of Govern
ment and Dublin Minister of For
eign Affairs, stronglv reaffirming
Eire’s neutrality. It said:
’’In order to prevent misapprehen
sion which may be created by recent
press and wireless statements. I de
sire to repeat that the government
has no intention of departing from
the policy of neutrality adopted last
September as representing the unan
imous will of the Irish people. The
government is resolveo to maintain
and defend the country's neutrality
In all circumstances'
New Juvenile Court
To Hold Open House
The Juvenile Court will signal
completion of its new building at
Fourth and E streets tomorrow with
an open house. There will be no
formal program, Judge Fay Bentley
has announced. »
Judge Bentley and her staff will
greet professional associates and
personal friends during an informal
reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and the
general public will be admitted to
inspect the building between these
Actual moving from the old quar
ters at 472 Indiana avenue N.W. to
the spacious, three-story, limestone
faced new home is to begin Tuesday,
and it is expected the shift will be
completed by the end of the week.
Band Concerts
5:00 p.m.—Marine Band, dress pa
rade, Marine Barracks.
7'J0 p.m.—Navy Band. United
States Capitol.
8:00 pm.—Marine Band, Marine
6:30 p.m.—Marine Band, Walter
Reed Hospital.
7:00 p.m.—Soldiers' Home Band,
7:30 p.m.—Navy Band. West Poto
mac Park.
7:30 p.m.—Marine Band, United
State Capitol.
1:30 pm.—Marine Band, Marine
7:00 p.m.—Soldiers’ Home Band,
7:30 p.m.—Marine Band, District of
Columbia World War
3:00 p.m.—Marine Band. United
States Naval Hospital.
5:00 p.m.—Marine Band, Marine
* Saturday.
3:00 pm.—Marine Band, Marine
7:00^p.m.—Soldiers’ Home Band,
* l
Romney Denies
Rules to Restrict
Capitol Visitors
There will be no unusual restric
tions on visitors to the Capitol
Building, despite reports to the con
trary, according to an announce
ment last night by Kenneth Rom
ney, sergeant-at-arms of the House.
Mr. Romney, who also is chairman
of the Capitol Police Board, made
the rfhnouncement to contradict a
published report that visitors would
be required in the future to furnish
credentials before entering the
building. He said tourists are being
allowed to inspect the building as
The only change in the regula
tions, Mr. Romney said, requires
that employes who enter the Capitol
after it is closed to the publid carry
identification cards.
Mr. Romney denied reports that
additional safeguards had been
taken at the Capitol as a result of
the bomb explosion at the New
York World's Fair. He likewise de
scribed as untrue stories that mem
bers of Congress might be required
to carry identification cards in order
to enter the Capitol after regular
closing hours.
Second Death Laid
To Hit-Run Driver's
Ride Across City
Woman Dies of Hurts
Received When Struck
By Car June 22
The second death from a hit-and
run driver’s multiple-accident ride
across the city on June 22 was re
corded yesterday, when Mrs. Edna
Mitchell. 40, colored, died at her
home in the 800 block of Twelfth
street N.E.
Richard S. Nestlerode, 26. of the
1200 block of Maryland avenue N.E.,
alleged operator of the automobile,
already is charged with negligent
homicide in the death of Joseph
Nappo, 59, of 1250 Tenth street N.W.
Police said Mr. Nappo was hit at
Ninth and M streets by the same
car that injured Mrs. Mitchell. Cor
oner A. Magruder MacDonald said
that evidence in the Mitchell case
will be presented to the grand jury
in addition to evidence in connec
tion with the Nappo death.
Following an autopsy. Dr. Mac
Donald announced Mrs. Mitchell
died from a pulmonary embolism,
or blood clot, induced, in his opin
ion, by injuries received when she
was struck while attempting to
cross H street at Twelfth N.E. Her
death was the Capital’s 37th traffic
fatality of the year, as compared
with a total of 45 on July 5 of last
Dr. MacDonald said last night he
had issued a certificate of death by
homicide and added he saw no rea
son for an inquest, inasmuch as all
information available concerning
circumstances of the accident was
presented June 24, when a coroner’s
jury sat in the death of Mr. Nappo.
Nestlerode’s car allegedly struck
several other automobiles before
coming to a stop in a crash with a
streetcar at Connecticut avenue and
Q street N.W.
Mrs. Mitchell was treated at Cas
ualty Hospital for a fractured leg
and contusions for three days fol
lowing the accident and then was
Parade and Concert
Will Open Playground
A parade, speeches, and a band
concert will feature the opening of
a new playground located in the
“Snow’s Row” district, near Twenty
fourth and K streets N.W.. at 5
p.m. tomorrow.
Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superin
tendent of police, William A. Van
Duzer, traffic director, and E. F.
Harris, president of the Lincoln
Civic Association, which was instru
mental in obtaining the new play
ground, will be among the speakers.
Tine Metropolitan Police Boys’
Club Band and the drum corps
from the National Training School
for Boys will furnish music. The
“row” is known as one of the worst
slum areas in Washington.
Court Ruling
Sought by D. C.
On 'Domicile'
70 Picked Income
Tax Refund Claims
Rejected; Suits Hoped
District officials are moving to
get a court ruling on the meaning
of “domicile” in the District Income
tax law, it was learned yesterday.
Tax Assessor E. A. Dent said he
has selected 70 refund claims from
the approximately 4,000 protests
filed and has notified the taxpayers
that the refund has been denied.
The selected cases' cover most of
the troublesome phases of the domi
cile question, he indicated, although
the amount involved is only $2,627.
The Court of Appeals has already
ruled on the meaning of “domicile”
in a case involving the now extinct
intangible personal property tax.
The court held that residence in the
District was not “domicile” if legal
residence was maintained else
where. The District has claimed
under the income tax residence is
"domicile.” Mr. Dent hopes enough
persons out of the 70 will appeal
the issue to get court clarification
of the word as it relates to the in
come levy.
The assessor said the remainder
of the protests would be held in
abeyance pending some actio* on
the test cases.
Appeal to the Board of Tax Ap
peals is the next step in the pro
cedure and Jo V. Morgan, sole
member of the board, said that only
one protest has as yet been placed
before him. It was pointed out that
the others have 90 days in which to
indicate their intent to appeal.
Meanwhile Mr. Dent is busy pre
paring the real estate bills for the
present fiscal year, the first half of
which will be paid in September.
He said 160,000 bills are being pre
pared on real estate valued at $1,
235,000.000. Last year the value
was $1,211,000,000. the increase being
due to improvements on the property
rather than to any rise in actual
value of the land, he indicated.
The assessor pointed out that
property owners can have their bills
mailed to them if they send in their
address and lot number, but that
otherwise the bills would have to
be called for. The last installrrt*nt
of the bills is due next March.
Hearing Set Tomorrow
On Eigen Nomination
A special subcommittee of the
Senate District Committee will begin
public hearings tomorrow at 2 p.m.
on the nomination of Riley E. Eigen
to serve another three-year term on
the Public Utilities Commission.
The subcommittee, appointed by
Chairman King of the District Com
mittee, is composed of Senators Mc
Carran, Democrat, of Nevada, and
Capper. Republican, of Kansas.
It was said at the office of Senator
King all persons interested in the
nomination would be given an op
portunity to testify before the sub
committee. Thus far only one per
son has asked for time. His name
wras announced as John Savage.
Mr. Eigen rounded out his last
term as a member of the commis
sion June 30. He had served as
chairman of the commission since
his first appointment.
D. C. Heads Approve Bill
For P.W.A. Building Fund
The Commissioners have notified
the Budget Bureau of their ap
proval of a bill permitting the Dis
trict to make use of $450,000 of
P. W. A. funds in providing a new
building for the Recorder of Deeds,
it was learned yesterday.
The municipality has borrowed all
it could from P. W. A. under present
law, and the bill to extend this
amount for the new building has
been approved by both Houses of
Congress. The new edifice would be
constructed on the site of the old
Police Court.
Two Are Drowned in Potomac;
Searches Made for Bodies
James P. Pannill, 19, *
And a 'Mr. Young'
Are River Victims
Lifeguards and volunteers were
to renew their search this morning
for the body of James P. Pannill, 19,
of 245 Twelfth street N.E., depart
ment store salesman, who was
drowned yesterday afternoon while
swimming from a rowboat about a
half mile off Colonial Beach, Va.
Another searching party on the
Potomac was to resume the hunt
for the body of a man said to be a
"Mr. Young,” about 62 years old,
of the 2500 block of K street N.W.,
who disappeared Friday night while
on a fishing trip near Quantico, Va.
On Fraternity Party.
Pannill and fellow members of the
Phi Alpha Fraternity of Eastern
High School were on a house party
at Colonial Beach when the acci
dent occurred. He and three other
young people, including Miss Helen
Cooksie, 21, of 1626 Gales street
N.E., rowed out in the boat about
3 p.m.
Pannill and another youth were
diving from the boat in about 25
feet of water. Pannill apparently
suffered a cramp. The others noticed
that he was drifting away from the
boat, but did not suspect he was in
trouble until he sank and did not
reappear immediately.
Pannill’s friends at first tried div
ing for him. Unable to locate the
youth, they rowed in to get help.
Life guards and volunteers searched
for the body until dark by diving
and using drag hooks. The search
was to be continued today, it was
Pannill, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
E. Crump Pannill, graduated from
Eastern High School in 1938. He
attended business school here and
for the last year and a half had
been employed in the shoe depart
ment of a downtown store.
State police and Marines from the
Quantico barracks have been search
ing for the body of “Mr. Young”
since his disappearance. They be
lieved the body must have been car
ried down the river by the tide.
The man, authorities were told,
disappeared while fishing with
Archie C. Warden and James Cor
lish, both of Washington.
Investigators had only meager de
tails of the ease, they said.
architect of the Alley Dwelling Authority, the Frederick Doug
lass dwellings, to be built on Alabama avenue and Twenty-first
street S.E., contain some novel features for low-rent housing.
In all, 313 units will be provided for colored families on 30 acres
of high, rolling land. When work starts, probably in August,
it will be the third project actually under construction in the
Federally aided housing program of the A. D. A. The above
drawing is typical of the semi-detached and community type
buildings planned for the new community.
D. C. National Guard
Recruiting Drive
Nears War Figures
75 Enrolled in Six
Days; Strength Now
Is at 1,250 Men
An enlistment record approaching
wartime figures was established last
week by the District National
Guard's recruiting station in the
Woodward Building.
In the last six days 75 recruits
were enrolled, including executives
in Federal departments, engineers,
attorneys and several newspaper
men, Guard officials announced.
The 260th Anti-aircraft unit is
backing up the recruiting drive with
a display of anti-aircraft guns, ma
chine guns and searchlights at the
Woodward Building. The exhibit
and daily demonstrations are at
tracting considerable attention.
At the present rate of enlistment,
it was said, the full-strength quota
of 1,450 men will be more than filled
before the Guardsmen go to camp
for three weeks August 4. The
strength of the Guard now is 1,250
Officers expressed gratification at
the spirit of Washington employers,
many of whom are not only grant
ing time off for the Guardsmen tout
supplementing their salaries so their
earning power will not be reduced
while in camp.
Almost all the recruits are high
school graduates and a large pro
portion have had at least two years
at college.
$10,000,000 Bond Issue
Is Planned by Pepco
The Potomac Electric Power Co.
; has applied to the Public Utilities
Commission for authority to sell
1 $10,000,000 in first-mortgage bonds
to a limited number of private pur
chasers, the money to be used to
extend .and improve its plants, it
was learned yesterday.
The issue would pay 3'/i per cent
and mature in 1974.
A public hearing will be held on
the application, the commission
The money will be borrowed, ac
cording to .the commission officials,
to reimburse the company treasury
for previous capital expenditure
and to cover capital expenditure
for the remainder of this year and
next for additions and extensions
to its plants.
Among the improvements in
tended is completion of a 50,000
kilowatt turbo-generator at Buz
zard Point and construction of an
other similar turbo-generator at
the same place. Other money
would go to improving the plant at
Benning and the distribution sys
tem, it was understood.
Bid Openings Tuesday
For Cooiidge High Gym
Bids will be opened Tuesday at
2 p.m. at the District Building on
the girls’ gymnasium of the new
Calvin Cooiidge Senior High School
for which a special appropriation
was required when the original
allotment was found to be in
Because gym construction had to
be postponed until the supplemen
tary money was made available,
District officials estimate the Dis
trict is losing about $30,000. Had
the gymnasium been built along
with the rest of the school, it could
have been done for about $50,000,
it was stated. The present estimate
is about $86,000.
The school was completed, except
for the girls’ gym, last spring and
will open in the fall. The gym will
require 180 days to build following
the letting of the contract.
Dances in Streets
Planned by W. P. A.
Plans for a series of weekly dances
on streets and playgrounds for the
rest of the summer were announced
yesterday by the District Work
Projects Administration. The dances
will be part of the Music Project’s
One unit already has put on sev
eral dances on playgrounds, and will
continue with weekly events at a
different location each week.
The colored dance unit will play
for its first entertainment July 23
on Fenton street N.W. between First
and Second streets in co-operation
with the Community Center De
partment. Thereafter weekly dances
will be held in various sections of
the city.
On July 22 the newly formed W.
P. A. Symphonic Orchestra will pre
sent a program of popular melodies
for patients at Naval Hospital.
Water Gate Concert Tonight
Expected to Attract 20,000
Mrs. Belmont to Speaky
As Symphony Opens
Fourth Season
The picturesque Potomac Water
Gate at the Arlington Memorial
Bridge will become a concert hall
again at 8 o'clock tonight when the
National Symphony Orchestra be
gins its fourth season of Sunset
Symphonies before an audience ex
pected to number approximately
Advance seat reservations indi
! cated that Government, social and
| service circles will be well repre
| sented at the opening concert. The
j program has been dedicated by Con
ductor Hans Kindler to the “heroic
work of the American Red Cross"
and Mrs. August Belmont of New
York, nationally known music pa
tron and member of the Red Cross
Central Committee, will speak in
connection with the dedication.
Navy Leaders to Attend.
Other prominent persons expected
to attend include Maj. Gen. Thomas
Holcomb, commandant of the Ma
rine Corps: Brig. Gen. Edwin M.
Watson, aide to President Roose
velt; Brig. Gen. F. R. Keefer, chair
man of the District Chapter of the
Red Cross; Admiral Harold R. Stark*
chief of naval operations: Read Ad
miral John H. Towers, chief of the
Bureau of Aeronautics: Elbert K.
Burlew, First Assistant Secretary of
the Interior: Representative O’Day,
Chairman Randolph of the House
District Committee and Chairman
King of the Senate District Com
mittee, Mrs. Eleanor Patterson, Mrs.
Matthew J. Whittal and Gen. Bar
ton K. Yount.
The program arranged by Dr.
Kindler will feature the “Second
Symphony" of Sibelius, opening
with the overture to "Russian and
Ludmilla.” by Glinka. The second
part will include Smetana's "The
Moldau,” two Brahms waltzes,
"Berceuse and Finale," from the
“Fire Bird Suite,” by Stravinsky:
“Polka," from "The Golden Age.”
by Shostakovich, and the introduc
tion, coronation scene and love mu
sic from Moussorgsky's “Boris
Concert to Be Broadcast,
A half hour of the concert will
be broadcast over Station WRC at
9:30 p.m. The National Broadcast
ing Co. and The Star have arranged
this broadcast and others that will
follow in co-operation with the
Summer Concerts Committee of the
Symphony Orchestra.
Although fair weather is prom
ised, symphony officials have ar
—Wide World Photo.
ranged a rain-check system for this
and succeeding concerts. If inclem
ent weather should force postpone
ment tonight the concert will be
played tomorrow night. If it should
rain again tomorrow, ticket stubs
may be exchanged for tickets to the
second concert, on Wednesday, at
the symphony box office in Kitt's
music store, 1330 G street N.W.
During tonight’s concert a harbor
police detail will patrol the waters
around the concert barge to keep
noise from river craft at a mini
mum. Music lovers who Intend to
listen from power boats are advised
to arrive early, so that their motors
will not disturb the audience. Ca
noes will be permitted, as usual, to
tie up between the shore and the
Parking Facilities Arranged.
For the motorist, parking will be
permitted on both sides of the road
ways leading to the Lincoln Me
morial. For bus users, special trips
have been arranged by the Capital
Transit Co. Beginning at 6 p.m.,
buses of the Potomac Park line
will run at five-minute intervals
from Seventeenth and K streets.
Tire Connecticut avenue bus line
will make two special trips each
concert night to the Water Gate,
the first leaving Chevy Chase Cir
cle at 7:15 p.m. and the second 10
minutes later. Buses will be pro
vided at the conclusion of the con
Seats for the presentation will be
on sale after 11 am. today at the
box offices at the Water Gate.
Prices range from 25 cents to $1.
A total of 16 concerts have been
scheduled for the eight-week series.
University Women
Plan Refugee Care
A Nation-wide project for the
placement of several hundred Brit
ish children, sons and daughters of
mothers who belong to the British
Federation of University Women,
has been launched by the American
Association of University Women, it
was announced yesterday.
British children between the ages
of 5 and 6 will be brought to Ameri
ca as soon as possible, under the
British quota, with affidavits of sup
port and compliance with immigra
tion regulations, according to Dr.
Kathryn McHale, general director,
who labels the venture “a new ex
periment in foster home care.”
"Since we have 68,000 university
trained women in 882 branches,
organized in every State in the
Union, we have unique resources in
the field of child care with which
to meet this emergency situation, ’
Dr. McHale said.
Already, 36 children from the
British Isles have been placed in
American homes. Throughout the
Nation the response has been ter
rific—and medical and dental care
lor the newcomers to America is
planned. All children who come
into America on this plan will re
main “for the duration of the war.”
Man Fatally Wounded
In Row Over Money
Robert Lee Jackson, 36, colored, of
the 2100 block of H street N.W. was
shot and fatally wounded during an
argument over money yesterday.
A colored man later was captured by
District police in Berwyn, Md.. and
charged with murder.
Police said the shooting occurred
in a house in the 800 block of V
street N.W. about 5:30 p.m. Jack
son died in Freedmen’s Hospital
about an hour later.
A man booked by police as Maceo
Ernest Broadus, 48, colored, of the
2200 block of Pomeroy court N.W.
was charged with murder after being
captured by Detective F. M. White
and Policeman R. P. Livermore on
the Baltimore pike in Berwyn.
Mrs. Edward C. Gillette
Dies at Her Home
Mrs. Mary W. Gillette, 65. wife
of Edward C. Gillette, retired su
perintendent of naval construction.
Lighthouse Service, died yesterday
at her home, 1706 Surrey lane N.W.,
after a long illness.
A native of Philadelphia, Mrs.
Gillette is survived by three sons—
Maj. Edward C. Gillette, jr„ West
port, N. Y.; Herbert C. Gillette,
Drexel Hill, Pa., and Frank W. Gil
lette Jacksonville, Fla.
The Rev. Bernard Braskamp, pas
tor of the Gunton Memorial Presby
terian Church, will officiate at the
funeral services at 3 p.m. Tuesday
at the S. H. Hines funeral parlors,
Fourteenth and Harvard streets
N.W. Burial will be in the Fort
Lincoln Cemetery.
Urges Pan-America
Columbus Day Stamps
The Pan-Amehcan Union has been
recommending to its 21 member na
tions that each issue a special
“Christopher Columbus” stamp or
series of stamps, it was learned yes
terday, to appear next October 12,
Columbus Day, and to help raise
money for construction of a'light
house memorial to Columbus at
Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic.
Some countries reportedly plan to
issue stamps to sell for a sum
slightly in excess of their postage
value, with the difference going to
the lighthouse fund It is under
stood the United States Cuba. Haiti,
Dominican Republic Colombia,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras,
Guatemala, Bolivia snd Panama
have indicated their willingness to
join in the program
Charles C. Warne Dies
YONKERS, N. Y.. July 6 (IP).—
Charles C. Warne, 58, general pur
chasing agent of the New York
Central Railroad, died in St. John’s
Hospital today after a brief illness.
House Leaders Ready
To Bring-Hatch Bill
To Vote Wednesday
14,500 D. C. Employes
Included in Ban on
Political Activity
Plans were completed by House
leaders last night to give the right
of way Tuesday to a Senate-ap
proved bill amending the Hatch
political practices law—changes that
will class virtually all of the 14.
500 employes of the District govern
ment with employes of a State in
so far as participation in ‘'pernicious
political activity” is concerned.
The only specific exemptions lo
cally are the three Commissioners
and the recorder of deeds.
The bill is to be called up under
a special rule limiting debate to
four hours. A vote is expected
Heavy Penalty Provided.
| As passed by the Senate and ap
proved by a majority of members
of the House Judiciary Committee,
I the measure provides that a State
or District employe not specifically
exempt shall be faced with a penalty
of not more than a fine of $1,000 or
a year in jail who:
‘‘Uses his official authority for the
purpose of interfering with or af
fecting the election or the nomina
tion of any candidate for the office
of President, Vice President, presi
dential elector, member of the Sen
ate, House of Representatives or
I delegate or resident commissioner.”
Original Restrictions Liberalized.
Since the majority of District em
ployes are voteless, those who have
studied the bill declare its only ap
plication will concern those who
want to be active on the Republican
or Democratic committees for the
Thye is a provision in the bill
which liberalizes the restrictions of
the original Hatch Act against po
litical activities of Federal employes
in Washington. It will allow them
if they live in nearby Maryland or
Virginia to take part in local com
munity elections and even hold
Police and Firemen Open
Relief Drive Tomorrow
Programs over Washington's four
radio stations will open the $75,000
drive for the Police and Fire De
partments' relief funds tomorrow
Following the opening ceremonies
hundreds of policemen and firemen
will begin sale of tickets for the field
day at Griffith Stadium September
14. Admission charges will be $1
and $2.
The relief associations provide
money for widows and orphans of
policemen and firemen.
Fire Chief Stephen T. Porter will
talk over WJSV at 7:30 a.m., and
Inspector Edward J. Kelly will speak
over WMAL at the same time; In
spector William Holmes will be in
terviewed over WOL at 7:45 a.m.,
and Arnold J. Woodhouse of the Fire
Department, field day general chair
man, will talk over WRC at 7:50 a.m.
In the afternoon Mrs. Antoinette
Arnold and Detective Sergt. Henry
M. Jett, police promotion chairman,
will appear on Tony Wakerpan’s pro
gram over WOL.
Assisting in Mr. Jett's work are
Lt. R. C. Pearce and Detective Mi
chael J. Dowd. Members of the Fire
Department committee are Capt.
Carlisle S. Peterson, chairman, and
Pvts. John L. Werheim and William
T. Kruglak.
Two Local Men Assigned
To Canadian Consulates
Norris B. Chipman of Washing
ton and Lynn W. Franklin of Be
thesda, Md„ have been detailed by
the State Department to two Cana
dian Consulates in thp group estab
lished for performance of non-immi
grant visa services only.
Mr. Chipman will go to Kingston,
Ontario, and Mr. Franklin to Fort
Erie, Ontario, it was announced
Hairdressers Plan Cruise
A coiffure style show will feature
the moonlight cruise of the Wash
ington Hairdressers’ Association
Tuesday night on the S. S. Mount
Vernon. Arrangements for the cruise,
wjiich is to begin at 8:30 o’clock, are
being made by a committee headed
by Emile Beauvais. Other members
are E. E. Coulon, Dorothy Prencipe,
Gertrude T. Demonet, Henry
Schulteis, John T. Leps, William
Gigilio and L. T. Kirkpatriek.
Housing Plan
Asks Bids on
313 Homes
Project in Southeast
Washington Is Aid
In Slum Clearance
Plans for the construction of its
fifth public housing project under
a Federally aided program were an
nounced yesterday by the Alley
Dwelling Authority, which invited
bids for 313 new homes on a vacant
30-acre site on the northwest side of
Alabama avenue southeast, between
Stanton road and Twenty-first
street, intended for colored families
of low income.
The tract of high, rolling land is
located in the long-established col
ored community of Douglass Heights,
also known as Garfield. Schools,
churches and recreational facilities
for the families to be housed there
are conveniently located nearby.
Financed by U. S. Loan.
Financed with a Federal loan of
$1,479,000 from the United States
Housing Authority, representing 90
per cent of the estimated cost of
construction and development, the
plans for this new project embody
some of the latest ideas in low-rent
housing architecture. Bids are to be
opened at the office of the A. D. A.
on August 6. and it was expected
that completion would be called for
within 300 days after construction
starts. The total development cost
was estimated at approximately
The new project, which will be
known aj> the Frederick Douglass
Dwelling, will compensate in part for
slum structures razed by the A. D. A.
and other governmental agencies
; in various sections within the past
year. The * . D. A. estimated yester
day that 49ffvvmilies had been forced
to move from Veir homes as a result
of the demolition of houses and
! apartments on three slum-clearance
‘ sites now being developed.
Tenants Are Waiting.
Most of these families were as
! sisted by the Authority in obtaining
I living qua/ters elsewhere. Since the
j fundamental idea behind the whole
‘ public housing program is the re
| housing of slum dwellers, it was ex
I pected that as many of these fam
; ilies as possible will eventually be
! accommodated in the new A. D. A.
homes. There is no definite assur
ance on this score, however, as rigid
j rules of tenancy are set up for public
I housing projects and families must
meet certain requirement* of low
The Frederick Douglass Dwellings,
j it was announced, are to be semi
detached and community typed, two
j stories in height, with some one
story structures for architectural
purposes. Each dwelling will be
equipped with gas for cooking and
electricity for lighting. Space and
connections are provided for re
frigeration. Most of the units will
be heated by individual hot-air cir
culators. fueled by coal, although oil
circulators are provided for 42 of
the houses.
Convertible Arrangements.
A novel feature provided by Hil
! yard R. Robinson, architect under
| contract with the Authority, is a
i system of convertible room arrange
i ments. This will permit the shift
ing of the use of one bedroom from
j any five-room dwelling in a group
to the adjoining three-room dwell
! ing. thus providing two four-room
| dwellings. The living accommoda
i tions for the 313 units will range
j from three to six rooms to meet the
! housing needs of families of vari
ous sizes and compositions. The
"convertible” bedroom will be used
to avoid the necessity of a family
from moving for lack of adequate
living quarters.
Associated with the architect in
planning the development were
James Posey, mechanical and elec
trical engineer, and David A. Willis
ton. landscape architect. Rents,
which are to be established after aU
costs are known, are to be graded
so as to provide for families of vari
ous income levels in the lowest
groups. Generally, a ceiling of
about $1,100 a year is applied to
such incomes at public housing proj
ects financed with U. S. H. A. loans.
The planning of this new project
was a difficult one for the A. D. A.
It is the first large outlying project
for Negro occupancy. According
to John Ihlder, executive officer of
the authority, the planning suf
fered one delay after another.
Accord Was Problem.
The chief trouble seemed to be
in obtaining accord on the type of
houses in terms of site development.
Then. too. was involved the routing
of the Fort drive, part of which
will extend along one side of the
property. This was worked out with
the National Capital Park and
Planning Commission through a
mutually satisfactory exchange of
some land. The exchange gave the
A. D. A. sites for three buildings
in place of two. and frontage on
both sides of Bruce place instead
of one only.
When work starts on the site the
authority will have under actual
construction approximately 842
dwellings. The program is gradu
ally rounding into shape, although
it calls eventually for nine projects.
The first project was started last
November on Ridge road in Ana
costia for 326 white families.
More Are Planned.
Two slum clearance projects, one
for white and the other for colored
occupancy, also are under construc
tion. They are the Ellen Wilson
Dwellings at Navy place in the
Southeast where about 218 homes
are being built for white families.
Adjacent to the Navy Yard, a col
ored project for 314 families is being
built. These two developments en
tailed the demolition of numerous
sub-standard dwellings.
A third slum site is being de
molished just south of Howard
University and on it will be erected
some 170 dwellings for colored fam
ilies. Bids have not yet been asked.
In process of planning are two
other sites for colored occupancy,
one near Marshall Heights NJ!.,
the other at M and P streets S.W..
between Half and Canal streets.

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