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General News "Financial News, 6-8 Resorts and Travel _ WASHINGTON, ]). C., JULY 28, 194o! * — B_1 D. C. Vocational Defense Course Seen Periled Controller Is Asked For Decision to Clear Funds' Status The fate of the vocational train ing courses being conducted in Dis trict public schools as part of the Nation's preparedness program hangs on a decision by the Con troller General. Tire point has come up that the District may not be eligible, under a strict wording of the law. for money to defray the expenses of the courses, which started Tuesday in two high schools and three voca tional schools. The Board of Education yesterday voted to inform the Controller Gen eral's office that if a favorable rul ing is not forthcoming, the courses w-ill be discontinued on Friday. Twenty-seven teachers would be re leased and approximately 500 en rollees would have to go without the training. The United States Office of Edu cation has approved an allotment of $18,067.50 for the District under an appropriation of $15,000,000 voted by Congress to defray ex penses of the courses being given throughout the Nation. I). C. Is Not Mentioned. Tlie law states, however, that the money appropriated is for “pay ment to States, subdivisions thereof, or other public authorities.” The District of Columbit was not men tioned specifically. L. J. Cantrell, acting superin tendent of schools, told the Board of Education that Dr. J C. Wright, assistant Commissioner of Educa tion. called him to a conference on the matter on the day before the courses were started. Mr. Cantrell said that the Office of Education, in making the allot ment for the District, interpreted "other public authorities " to include Washington authorities. However, doubt later arose as to the District's eligibility for the money. The teachers of the courses. Mr. Cantrell continued, were called to gether and informed of the situa tion. Although they were given the privilege of withdrawing from their positions if they so desired, in order to seek other employment, all de cided to remain. Opinion Is Requested. Mr. Cantrell said that officials of •the Office of Education, confident that a favorable ruling by the con troller general would be forthcom jtng. addressed on Wednesday a re quest for an opinion. This was not received and the teachers were so Informed of the situation again on Friday. The teachers unanimously agreed to continue the program for an other week." Mr. Cantrell said. "These teachers are to be highly commended for thus responding to what they considered their patri otic duty." Yesterday the board authorized a letter from Mrs. Henry Grattan Doyle, president, to R. N. Elliott, acting controller general, inform ing him of the necessity for a prompt ruling. Mrs. Doyle, expressing in her let ter the board's unanimous belief that the law should apply to the District, wrote: "The board is of the opinion that it would not be reasonable to con- I tinue teachers in this service in definitely without a determination of their pay status. Some of the teachers who have accepted posi tions under this program have given up other employment to serve and j all of them, for the time being, have agreed, as a patriotic duty, to con- ! tinue serving without assurance of compensation. "It goes without saying that the Board of Education in the great crisis that confronts us is heartily in favor of the program contem plated under the national defense training program and would be loathe to see any obstruction or re tardation of that program, but it feels under obligation to advise you that the program already initiated must needs be discontinued on Au gust 2 unless in the meantime some ruling is rendered to validate its continuance in the District of Co lumbia." May Appeal to C ongress. If the controller general's office 1 renders an adverse ruling, the Dis trict's only recourse would be to seek prompt passage by Congress of a resolution permitting the District to participate in the program. The Office of Education offered to aid in seeking such a measure, although it was felt that passage through the legislative mill would take consid erably longer than the five days re maining until Friday. It was not stated whether the Board of Edu cation would take the responsibility if continuing the employment of the teachers, when the money for their salaries would not be available In the event such a resolution failed to pass. Mrs. Jane T. Powell Seeks Reno Divorce Mrs. Jane Thorpe Powell of Washington yesterday filed suit for divorce from William Hoadly Powell in Reno, charging cruelty, according to an Associated Press dispatch from the Nevada city. Mrs. Powell is the daughter of Mrs. George C. Thopre, chairman of the Woman's Advisory Committee of the American Automobile As sociation and editor of the Com munity Center Quarterly, and the late Col. Thopre. The couple was married here Feb ruary 20. 1937. There are no chil dren. Annual Church Supper The annual chicken and ham sup per of St. Mark's Episcopal Church will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at parish house in Fairland, Md.. Mrs. Willard J. Marlow, chair man of the Committee on Arrange ments, announced yesterday. The Montgomery County Citizens' Band will play. RUDOLPH GANZ —Star Staff Photo. Rudolph Ganz, Guest Water Gate Director, Approves of 'Swing' Music of Type Which May Have Lasting Value, He Says Rudolph Ganz, guest conductor of the "Sunset Symphony’’ at the Wa ter Gate tonight has progressive ideas, not the least of which Is approval of modern "swing" music. In his air-cooled hotel room yes terday the conductor-pianist, who is a native of Switzerland, explained between anecdotes and observations on the weather why he considers “swing" a type of music that may have lasting values. "Consider the music of Beethoven, consider the waltzes of Strauss," Mr. Ganz said. "That has not been considered classical until relatively recent years. Originally it could be considered merely music of the peo ple. an expression of that period in history and of the feeling then. Swing, Rugged Music. “Swing is a rugged music, it is an expression of feeling now. In its present form, of course, it would be ridiculous to say it could be trans posed to the symphonic stage—but in the course of evolution it may very well become classic. Any real music of the people deservese to live." Mention of the "sentimental bal lads" drew the eminent conductor's scorn. Such music he considers too lowly to be worthy of mention. Nor does he approve of playing the ex isting classical music to swing time. "Recently I was dancing at a hotel in San Francisco.” he said, "when before I realized it I found the or chestra was playing Debussy's "Clair de Lune” to waltz time. My favor ite Debussy—and here I was danc ing to his music.” He likened this treatment of the classics to putting rouge, eyebrow pencil. and a rubber bathing suit on Venus he Milo. Looks Forward to Concert. Despite the heat. Mr. Ganz says he is looking forward to the concert tonight, nor does he anticipate it will be a strain. His only worry lies in the fact that Hadley's "The Ocean" and Respighi's "Fountains of Rome1’ are included in the program of tonight's concert. "Will this bring down a thunder storm on top of my head—yes?" he asked. Mr. Ganz is known as an ex ponent of new music. Last winter he succeeded Ernest Schelling as conductor of the Children's Con certs of the New York Philharmonic Symphony. Previously he has been conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and president of the Chi cago Musical College. The concert at the Water Gate will commence at 8 o'clock tonight. The program follows: "Marche Heroique” by St. Saens. Overture to Mendelssohns "Fingals Cave.” Haydn’s Symphony in G. No. 13: Respighi’s "Fountains of Rome." Hadley's "The Ocean,” Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite,” Swiss airs arranged by Binet. and Berlioz’ "Hungarian March.” Lake Quiz Seeks Testimony From Justice Agent Hearing Recessed to September 4 by A. B. C. Board Announcement that, another effort would be made to bring a special agent of the Justice Department to Washington for testimony at. Alco holic Beverage Control Board hear ings on charges against James J. Lake's Gayety Restaurant was made yesterday. Hearings were recessed until September 4. The agent, Charles Lanman, was one of two investigators who are said to have taken a signed state ment from a waiter which was presented to District, Court in a pandering case heard by Justice Proctor. That case was dismissed because it was found the alleged offense was not covered by the stat utes and a directed verdict of ac quittal was ordered. . Over the objections of Myron Ehrlich, counsel for the waiter, anil James A. O'Shea, counsel for Mr. Lake, the board admitted as evi dence the statement which me waiter had identified. However, both the waiter and his attorney declared the statement did not in clude the waiters explanation of why he had accepted a dollar from a 17-ycar-oid Virginia high school girl, a witness in ihe pandering case. Summons Declared Necessary. Both Mr. O Shea and Mr. Ehrlich protested they had no opportunity <o cross-examine the Federal agents. Mrs. Agnes K. Mason, vice chair man of the board, who is conduct ing the hearing, said it was neces sary'. that one of the agents be brought here for testimony. Another agent, M. A. Taylor, who has testified in the A B. C. case, has expressed doubt that either of his co-workers could be brought here, except under summons from District Court. However. Mrs. Mason said a new request would be made to Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investi gation. Earlier, the waiter had declared the Virginia girl had cone to the restaurant, told him she was broke, and that he had bought her sand wiches and a soft drink, and that the dollar was payment for this, plus “change" she left for him as a tip. The waiter and three other de fense witnesses denied the state ment of the Virginia girl that she had been sold alcoholic beverages there. Additional conflicting testimony as to the reputation of the res taurant also was taken by the board. Policemen Thomas C. Sullivan. Richard E. Meissner and Randolph L. Dunn said the restaurant repu tation was “bad,” but under de fense questioning all agreed they had had no occasion to arrest any women in the restaurant. Pvt. Sullivan said he had arrested a drunker sailor there but was told the man had been refused drinks because he was intoxicated. Stage Electrician Testifies. Joseph R Gross of 3021 Dent plare N.W.. a stage electrician, told the board he had been solicited in the Lake establishment, in the down stairs grill, bv the Virginia girl, but that he had refused her request that he buv her a drink. “I told her that if Mr. Lake saw her there, he would throw her through the door.” He added that the waiter later refused to sell her any drinks because she was a minor. Mr Erhlich. who was called as a witness for the defense, recited testimony he said had been given by the Virginia girl in District Court in a move to show it was different from her testimony before the A. B. C. Board. The defense has challenged the credibility of the girl witness. In the court case. Mr. Ehrlich said, the girl had testified she did not get any aicholic drinks in the Lake restaurant. Arlington Meeting To Form Willkie Club Lawrence Michael, chairman of the Arlington (Va.t County Repub lican Committee, has called a meet ing of voters for tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Ashton Heights Com munity House to form a Willkie for President Club.” Mr. Michael said he took this action in response to “hundreds of requests.” I Want Ads Received Here AS THE MERCURY NOSED UPWARD—Life Guard Paul Nugent of the Washington Airport Pool found something that beats" an air-condi tioning unit as the thermometer hit 100 yesterday. Left to right, Emilie Sawyer of New York, Louise Caldwell of Cleveland and Naomi Myers of Arlington, Va., give him everything but a cake of ice to sit on. Story on page 1. If the weatherman really wanted to find out how hot it was he should have visited Washington's downtown streets. Mary Chaves. 303 Webster street NW„ is shown wiping her brow at Twelfth and Pennsylvania avenue N.W. while a thermometer she holds hovers around the 116-degree mark. A Health Officer George C. Ruhland yesterday advised folks to drink plenty of water during this hot spell and Wrestler, an orangutan at the Zoo, follows his advice by getting one from Keeper C. E. Kern. —Star Staff Photos. Trash Mars Georgetown Homes Before and After Collections Householder Presents Ragged Picture, Due to Early-Morning Call of Trucks The District Commissioners, pledged to action in cleaning up the city, are faced today with a problem arising from a complaint made by a Georgetown citizen. Trash is collected in each neigh borhood of Washington once a week Limited funds make it impassible to have more frequent collections, but over a period of a week a great deal of trash can accumulate in the average home. TRASH COLLECTOR IS COMING—TOMORROW—This picture, showing" trash beginning to spill from its receptacles, was made at 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The trash, potential victim of curious children, junk dealers and the vagaries of nature, was to be collected Friday morning. —Star Staff Photo. ! At least 10 per cent of the collec ' tions in Washington, according to | the City Refuse Department, are made from the fronts of homes, for lack of convenient alleys. According to police regulations, receptacles containing refuse shall not be placed or left for collection "upon any sidewalk, street, avenue, alley or public space" but shall be made "easily accessible to the collectors on collection days.’’ Outlines Placing. The regulation goes on to define "easily accessible" to mean "the placing of receptacles on the prem ises at the rear or side gate to j said premises t if collections are made through the rear or side en trances* and in the areaway or other convenient place at the front entrance to said premises 'if col lections are made through the front ' entrance* and the unfastening of 1 the gate or other approach to the premises upon due warning by the collector's horn, gong or other signal.” That’s the police regulation, violation of which is punished by a fine of from $1 to $40. It is reg ularly violated in every section of the city. A householder in Georgetown, in a letter to The Star, described a sit uation that exists wherever collec tions are made from the front en trance. Proof of her statement is available in any section of the city on collection day or, frequently, the day before collection day. "In this part of the city,” she wrote, "trash is collected on Friday, about 7 o'clock in the morning. It must be at the front door. The front of the house in Georgetown is the sidewalk. Mast of the maids start putting out trash on Thursday, some of it Thursday morning, and this trash is displayed on the side walk all day Thursday in odds and ends of bags, cartons and hampers— they have to be in small containers because a woman can’t carry a big j ash can or heavy sack. At any rate, even with a man to do the carrying, one must have the debris there by Thursday night in order to meet the early collection on Friday. "Now, in the meantime, the trash piles are visited by people who make their living selling old newspapers, scrap iron and junk. Sometimes dogs come along and are attracted by the general display or pieces of food ‘smuggled' in. Sometimes gangs of boys take delight in knock ing things down, and sometimes we just have wind, severe rain or snow which wilts the cartons and causes general scattering of the many ar ticles we have been hoarding for the week. Leave Residue. "Yesterday was Thursday and all day the streets were draped with trash awaiting collection. Today is Friday, the trash was collected early this morning but this afternoon empty hampers and pieces which fell by the wayside are still on the sidewalks. "Many of the houses have back yards accessible from the street. Our back yard is 20 steps from the front door. But we have to move trash and garbage to the front. "Now I don't know what can be done about this. But I do know that only the most ardently prideful householder can keep even with the present system and I suspect that the person who doesn't owm his own home is more easily dis couraged." Band Concerts Monday. 5:00 p.m.—Marine Band. Marine Barracks; dress parade. 7:30 p.m.—Navy Band, Capitol. 8:00 p.m.—Marine Band, Marine Barracks. Tuesday. 6:30 p.m.—Marine Band, Walter Reed Hospital. 7:30 p.m.—Navy Band, World War Memorial. 7:00 p.m.—Soldiers' Home Band, Soldiers’ Home band stand. Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.—Marine Band, Capitol. Thursday. 1:30 p.m.—Marine Band, Marine1 Barracks. 6:30 p.m.—Soldiers' Home Band. Soldiers’ Home band stand. 7:30 p.m.—Marine Band,'World War Memorial. Friday. 2:00 p.m.—Marine Band, Naval Hos pital. 5:00 p.m.—Marine Band, Marine Barracks, dress parade. Saturday. 11:30 a.m.—Marine Band, Marine Barracks. 2.00 p.m.—Marine Band, Marine Barracks. 14 Zoning Appeals Scheduled by Board For August 7 Hot Shoppes' Petition ..For. Upsljur Street Site ~ Include# in List - " * -mr tr m m W_® i « The appeal of Hot Shoppes. Inc., from zoning rear yard requirements to permit erection of a two-storv restaurant at 1234 Upshur street N.W. will be one of 14 to be heard by the Board of Zoning Adjust ment at a hearing at 10 a.m. Aug ust 7. Other appeals are: Man’ B. Fitzgerald, for permis sion to change a. non-conforming use from a lunch room to a groc ery. delicatessen and lunch room at 601 Second street S.W. Franklin E. Allison, for a vari ance from the side vard require ments of the *’A" restricted area district to permit the erection of a one-story garage addition to the dwelling at 4930 Butterworth place N.W. Carrie D. Baumann, for a vari ance from the side yard require ments of the ‘'A" restricted area district to permit the extension and enclosure of a one-story side porch at 1805 Lawrence street N.E. Titus de Bobula. for permission to establish an automobile parking lot at the southeast corner of New Jersey avenue and C street S.E. J. Frank Campbell, for permis sion to establish an automobile parking lot at the rear of 1300 Good Hope road S.E. Mrs. Frank B Wright, for per mission to use alley, known as 1321 25 Naylor street N.W.. for .the speci fic second commercial use as stor age for unglazed steel bar sash. Adelbert W. Lee. for a variance from the side yard requirements of the "A" restricted area district to permit the erection of a new dwell ing at 3195 Westover drive s F. Clarence A. Brandes, et al„ for permission to change a non-con forming use from a grocery store to a cleaning and laundry agency at 2001 First street N.W. Samuel. Sidney and Rena Zlof nick. for a variance from the side yard and lot occupancy require ments of the "C" area district to peimit, structural alterations to the non-conforming apartment building at 616-18 Twelfth street N.W. Donald S. Nash, for a variance from the open court, side yard, rear yard and lot occupancy require ments of the “C” area district to petmit structural alterations to the non-conforming apartment building at 704 Third street N.W. Leonard L. and Dorothy Tucker, for permission to inclose part of a rear porch at 4314 Fessenden street N.W. Frederick R. Gibbs, for a variance from the rear yard and lot occu pancy requirements of the “B” re stricted area district to permit the remodeling of a dwelling and store into apartments at 2729-33 O street N.W. Bessie B. Horn, for permission to change a non-conforming use from a cleaning and dyeing agency to a cleaning and dyeing agency and a new and second-hand store at 100 P. street N.W. B. D. Stanley Ends Life By Gas in Apartment Boyd D. Stanley, 48, of 434 H street N.W., was found dead from the effects of gas in his apartment here yesterday. Coroner A. Magru der MacDonald issued a certificate of suicide. Mr. Stanley was found seated near a table in the apartment and gas was pouring out of a jet nearby. The body was discovered by Bernard Phelps of the same address. D.C. Guardsmen Poised for War Games 2,200 Officers and Men to Leave Next Sunday for New York By ROBERT A. ERWIN. By train and motor convoy, more than 2,200 officers*and enlisted men of the District National Guard will leave next Sunday for a 500-mlle trip to Northwestern New York State to participate for three weeks in one of the Nation's biggest peace time Army maneuvers. The entire 1st Army of the United States, numbering approximately 110.000 Regular Army soldiers and National Guard troops of the 1st. 2d and 3d Corps Areas—from Maine to Virginia—will be thrown into the training program under the direc tion of Lt. Gep. Hugh A. Drum. Gov ernors Island 'N. Y.) 1st Army com mander. Last year the 1st Army was di vided into two maneuvers of two weeks each, one in Northern New York and the other at Manassas, Va. The’ District Guard and the 29th Division, of which it is a part, trained with other 3d Corps Area troops in the Manassas-Bull Run section, under Maj. Gen. James K. Parsons. 3d Corps commander. Look Forward to Maneuvers. District Guard personnel is look ing forward to the New York ma neuver with more than usual in terest. in view of the international emergency and the opportunity for extended relief from the Capitals heat wave. Orders were issued some time ago for troops to wear winter uniforms during field training. ThL was based on the experience of last year, when men wearing cotton uni forms in the New York area suffered from the cold. The winter uniform order has nothing at all to do with the pos sibility of Congress authorizing the President to call the National Guard into Federal service, according to Brig. Gen Albert L. Cox. District Guard commander Should such legislation be enacted in the near future, the Guard would not be called until this fall, the general said. Two plans have been proposed, one for taking 50.000 Guardsmen into full-time service, the other for calling out the entire National Guard of more than 200.000 men. The National Guard office staff here, headed by Col. Charles A. Dravo. adjutant general, and Lt. Col. Peyton G. Nevitt assistant ad i jutant general, has worked for months on plans for the maneuvers. I maneuver m*ea one of } thif iictions of States which, it has beea- said might ac : tdafljf have to be def^ndefl -should a foreign invader ever secure a foot i hold in Canada for an attack on 1 this country. Leave With Pay Granted. Guardsmen who are Federal Gov ernment employes will be granted j leave with full pay for this special | framing, one week in excess of the I usual two weeks of summer camp, while officers have urged private 1 employers to follow the same course j in dealing with their workers who belong to the Guard Canada is just across the St Law rence from where the Guardsmen will be. but they will not be allowed to cross the border. Maneuver plans also have taken into consideration a program of amusement, diversion and devotional services. There will be Protestant and Catholic services for the officers and men each Sunday in camp A moving picture theater for 29th Di vision troops will be adjacent to division headquarters. Heuvelton. N. Y„ will be the rail head for 29th Division troops, com l prising National Guardsmen from i the District. Maryland and Virginia, with one regiment ft om Pennsyl vania Division headquarters will be located at Rensselaer Falls, near Heuvelton. and District troops will be quartered nearby. Both Heuvel ton and Rensselaer Falls are on the Oswegatchie River, which flows into the St Lawrence River at Ogdens burg. N. Y.. which also will be one of the maneuver points. The training area, generally speaking, lies between the Adiron dack Mountains and Lake Cham plain on the east and Ogdensburg and the St. Lawrence on the west. Leave at 7 a.m.* Sunday. The District Guard's largest unit, the 260th Coast Artillery, with more | than 1.100 officers and men, and the 1st Battalion. 104th Quartermaster Regiment, will leave the Capital by ~ 'See GUARD, Page B-3.) Milk Distribution Centers Announced Ten schools, firehouses and police stations and the Surplus Commodi ties warehouse at 476 C street N.W. have been selected bv Welfare Di rector Robert E. Bondy as distribu tion centers for 5-cent milk to the city’s needy. The Welfare Department has been given $6,900 to equip these centers and the sale will begin August 12. The following schools will be used: Parkview. Warder street and Newton place N.W.: Twining School, Third avenue between M and O streets N.E1; Montgomery School, Twenty-seventh and K streets N.W.: old Jefferson Junior High School, Sixth street and Virginia avenue S.W.; Smothers School, Forty-fourth street and Whlttlng ham place N.E.. and Harrison School, Thirteenth and V streets N.W. Police stations to be used will be No. 11 at Good Hope road and Eighteenth streets S.E. and No. 6 at Fifth and E streets S.E. Fire stations will be No. 10 on Maryland avenue between Thir teenth and Fourteenth streets N.E. and No. 5 on M street between Wis consin avenue and Thirty-second street N.W. The contract for supplying the milk has been let. by the'Depart ment of Agriculture to the Chest nut Farms-Chevy Chase Dairy.