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m Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1941. Nine Governors Have Accepted Inaugural Bids Five Republicans Listed; Presidential Stand to Be Started Nine Governors, five of them Re publicans. already have notified offi cials here that they will be on hand to participate in the third-term in auguration of President Roosevelt. Many more State heads arc ex pected in person and those unable to be here will send representatives. The governors and their aides will ride in automobiles in the in augural parade following the oath faking ceremony at the Capitol. They will be placed directly behind the parade marshal. Gen. George C. Marshall. Army Chief of Staff At the end of the parade route, thev will take up places in the pic-irien tial reviewing stand to watch the rest of the two-hour procession hTe Republican Governors who have replied affirmatively to In augural Committee invitations are Dwight H Green of Illinois, Sumner Sewall of Maine. Robert O. Blood of New Hampshire. William H. Wills of Vermont and Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts. Democratic Governors accepting so far are Frank M. Dixon of Alabama, Keen Johnson of Kentucky, Paul B. Johnson of Mississippi and Burnet R. Maybank of South Carolina. Meanwhile, construction of the presidential reviewing stand is ex pected to be started within a few days. Contract for this work has been awarded to Skinker A: Garrett of this city. Engineer Commissioner David McCoach announced last night. The reviewing stand, in which the President himself took a hand at the design, will be of American Colonial motif and will be In front of the White House. Nearby will be posted a guard of honor, including representatives of w-ar veterans’ organizations and Boy Scouts. Col. McCoach. who is chairman of the Grandstands Committee of th® Inaugural Committer, said the award for this project was $5,000. Committee Complains Of Civil Service Methods Protest against methods of the Civil Service Commission in report ing to department heads complaints against Federal emnloyes. in alleged disregard of their "civil rights and liberties." was contained in a letter from the Washington Committee for Democratic Action to Chairman Harry B Mitchell made public to day. The committee cited the case of an employe of the National Labor Relations Board as evidence of "the contempt in which the commission holds the rights of Government workers ' The commission was said to have forwarded to the board a letter from a New York attorney charging that this employe's office was "filled with Communists." The charge was without proof, according to the committee, which accused the ■ commission of leveling "vague charges and then inviting "appro priate action" from the departments affected. The committee is the local chap ter of the Federation for Constitu tional Liberties. Court Adjourns in Honor Of George W. Offutt Justice Jesse C. Adkins yesterday held a short special session in Dis trict Court and after being officially advised of the recent death of George W. Offutt. attorney and civic leader, adjourned court out of respect for his memory. Attorney E Hilton Jackson, leader In the District Bar Association, of ficially announced the death of Mr Offutt. "Mr. Offutt was not only an illus trious member of the bar for a long time, but engaged in a wide variety of civic activities, such as would at tach themselves to a forw’ard-look- 1 ing citizen.' Mr Jackson said. Responding. Justice Adkins said: 1 "Mr. Offutt was an esteemed mem ber of the bar for many years. He was very active in many forms of civic enterprise. The bar and the : community have suffered a great loss In his death." Ice Cream Store Robbed Of $ 10; Truck Is Looted Mary Fowler, manager of a High Ire eream store at 1855 Calvert street N.W.. was robbed of about $10 last night by a colored gunman who en tered the establishment, she re ported to police. The man escaped by running down Calvert street. Twenty-five cartons of cigarettes ; and $113 in change were taken from a truck yesterday while it was j parked in the 400 block of H street | N.W.. Robert W. Ramsey, 32. of! Glen Echo. Md., driver of the truck, I told police. Three colored strong-arm bandits struck Charles S. White, of 1226 Fit- i teenth street N.W. as he was getting out of his car in the 1500 block of W street N.W. and stole his car kevs. They fled, however, without taking either the car or his wallet. M. L. Ramsay Is Detailed To Federal Works Office M. L. Ramsay, director of informa tion and research at the Rural Electrification Administration, has bpen detailed to the office of Federal Works Administrator Carmody. it was announced today. Mr, Ramsay will work on special! assignments from Mr. Carmody. Mr. Ramsay was the administrator's assistant when he was R. E. A. chief This is Mr. Ramsay's second such detail to special service. In 1938 he was borrowed by the Federal Com munications Commission for six month*. Mr. Ramsay formerly was a Wash , tngton newspaperman. FORT BELVOIR SPEEDS DEFENSE—Arriving at one of the new barracks at the nearby Virginia post to enter a non-commis sioned officers’ instructors course, David Gallagher of Utah (.left) and S. G. Clark of Texas are shown with their equipment. -A _ It's a merry life off duty for men of Company A, 84th Engineer Battalion (camouflage', as they relax after a hearty meal to strum the guitar, sing songs, clean rifles or enjoy a bit of “bunk fatigue.” The barracks are well heated from a plant in the same building, from which hot air is circulated by a fan through ceiling ducts. ___ « Sergeant Skipper, the dog mascot in the bag, is one of the favorites of Company A. Pvt. Robert B. McCullough carries him into the barracks. Added Bus Service Is Given to Areas in East Washington Penning and Hillcrest Sectors and Naylor Road Are Affected i Additional bus service in East : Washington areas not linked with intercompany points of the Wash ington. Marlboro & Annapolis Mo tor Lines. Inc., was placed in effect today by the Capital Transit Co. The changes include rerouting or extension of Pennsylvania avenue bus services in the Benning and Hillcrest areas and the creation of a new branch over Naylor road and Alabama avenue. This also will in clude more frequent service, accord ing lo the local line. In Benning a bus began operation west over the Benning road viaduct to connect with the Benning street cars instead of sending the bus north on Minnesota avenue to Deane avenue. In Hillcrest. the line will be extended over Camden street to Thirty-third street, south on this street to Hartford street, thus af fording an extension of service to the south. Residents of the Skyland Apart ments area. Twenty-fifth street and Good Hope road S.E.. will be af forded additional service with ex tension of bus service over Naylor road and Alabama avenue. Meanwhile action on intercom pany transfers, demanded by resi- 1 dents of the area, who complain of 1 paying double fares to reach certain points, has been delayed until at least next Monday. The Public Utilities Commission has given the two companies, until that date to file briefs explaining why the transfer plan should not be instituted. Both companies were recently or dered by the commission to issue transfers to the other on payment of a 10-cent fare, but the lines ap pealed to the District for recon sideration. The commission then elected to reconsider without a public hearing, i which previously had been held. Locked-Ouf Man Sentenced To 180 Days Locked In Daniel Magruder. 29, colored, j wanted police and went to the I Women’s Bureau of Police De partment to call them. The police, however, would have wanted Ma gruder more than he wanted them had they known certain facts a few minutes later. Magruder, it was testified in Police Court yesterday, said he wanted Police to help him get into his home, from which he had been locked out. Shortly after leaving the bureau Monday' night, Magruder was ar rested by a policeman for dis orderly conduct when he was found swearing, it was testified. Then, when he was searched at No. 2 precinct after his arrest on the dis- i orderly conduct charge, police found 1 18 six-month police street car passes which had disappeared from Capt. Rhoda Milliken's desk in the Wom en's Bureau. So yesterday Judge John P. Mc Mahon sentenced Magruder to 180 days in jail on a larceny charge and fined him $10 or 10 days on the dis orderly conduct charge. Two Divorce Suits Filed in Montgomery Special Dispatch to The Star. ROCKVILLE. Md.. Jan. 1.—A lim ited divorce from Mrs. La Verne Canres Dickey of Chicago is asked by Granville E. Dickey of Mont gomery County in a petition filed in Circuit Court. The plaintiff also seeks custody of the couple's only child. Rosemary Lt Verne Dickey. Desertion on October 15, 1940, is charged. In another suit filed here Charles F. Schlichter of this county asks an absolute divorce from Mrs. Kath ryn B. Schlichter of Washington and the custody of the couple's three children. Typical of the new construction of about 680 buildings being erected by the Charles H. Tompkins Co. of this city to house the spring flood of selectees is this group of two-story barracks and one-story mess hall, now used as headquarters of the Replacement Center. More than 50 new structures have been or will be occupied this week, and a total of 124 will be available soon. The whole project is to be completed during March. —Star Staff Photos. Silver Spring Youth To Go to Marine Corps On Graduation Robert L. Leashure in Annapolis Class Soon To Be Graduated A Silver Spring tMd.l youth. Robert L. Leashure. is one of 25 members of the Naval Academy graduating class selected for ap pointment as second lieutenants in | the Marine Corps following their graduation February 7, an Associat ed Press dispatch from Annapolis reveals. ext Of the pressing need for officers under the expanding naval program. Victor Delano, son of Capt. Har- j vev Delano of 3700 Huntington street N.W.. was named one of seven midshipmen slated to receive prizes and special awards at the exercises. He will be awarded a wrist watch, sponsored by the Na tional Woman's Relief Corps, for proficiency in rules of the road. Others receiving awards, accord ing to an announcement of Admiral Wilson Brown, academy superin tendent. include: Walter P. Murphy, jr„ Boonton, . N. J., a wrist watch, sponsored by the class of 1928. for the senior who has done the most to promote Naval Academy football while a member of the junior varsity squad. Dante R. Marzetta. Ogleby, 111., a pair of binoculars, sponsored by the United States Lines, for the senior who stands highest in foreign lan guages. Robert M. Stricter. Rock Island. 111., the Secretary of Navy's trophy for proficiency with a service rifle. Joseph T. Materi. Aberdeen, S. Dak., a gold watch, sponsored by the class of 1912. for senior standing highest in English course. Midshipmen tp be commissioned in the Navy have not yet been named. Democratic Committee Moves to Mayflower With the new year the Demo cratic National Committee was in stalled in new offices today, a 25 room suite on the second floor of the Mayflower Hotel. The committee moved yesterday from its 18 rooms on the 12th floor of the National Press Building. The rental there, it was reported un officially, was about $1,000 a month, j while the new quarters will cost more than $3,000 monthly. National Chairman Edward J. Flynn explained that the committee was too crowded in the offices it has j occupied for 10 years and could not I obtain additional space in the Press Building. Mr. Flynn obtained for himself a three-room apartment at the May flower so he could be near the com mittee. Boy's Picture With Bread Crust Wins Four Quarts of Milk Daily The Star, during its campaign for funds to spread Christmas cheer to the needy, published the picture of a child breaking a crust of homemade bread. The child's sweater was patched The table at which he sat showed the marks of time and wear. His face was turned away, but you could see his fin gers holding the rough bread. Because of that picture, seven children, deserted by their father, barely kept alive by their mother, will find four quarts of milk on the front porch of their shack every day for the next year. Tire picture came to the at tention of an anonymous con tributor. He wanted to order a quart of milk daily for that boy. He talked tne matter over with Edgar Brawner. president of Chestnut Farms Dairy. He had been told the family lived almost at the city limits. Could milk be delivered to the shack? Mr. Brawner said it could. He went further. He ! also would like to send milk to the family—three more quarts of milk because the welfare agency j taking care of the family told I him that much was needed to ■ give the seven children the milk they should have. The contributor who had re sponded to the appeal of a small boy with a crust of bread reported to The Star: "I know that 1941 will be a happy year for all of us because we were able to help this family.’’ Former Capital Woman Dead in Shooting A 26-year-old woman, identified by police as Jane Helen Ligon, for merly of Washington, died Monday in San Antonio, Tex., of a gunshot wound received Christmas eve, the Associated Press reported. The dispatch said Miss Ligon was found seated in an automobile and that her companion. Wallace Elvin Butler. 25. was discovered shot to death a little distance from the car. WASHINGTON’S FIRST BABY OF 1941—Mrs. Dora Ackerman, 649 Irving street N.W., is shown with her 8-pound 2-ounce baby girl, born about 15 seconds after midnight last night at Garfield Hospital. So far no one has disputed the parents’ claim that it is the first child borikhere in 1941. —Star Staff Photo. Naval Reserves Sail Today for Service In Caribbean Waters 84 Officers and Men Go To Norfolk; Will Leave There Tomorrow Eighty-four officers and men of the 3d Division. 1st Battalion. Naval Reserves, were scheduled to board a Norfolk & Washington steamer at 6:30 o'clock tonight, bound fot serv ice in Caribbean waters. The Reserves will journey to Nor folk where they will sail tomorrow for the Canal Zone aboard the U. S. S. Nitro. All but one of the Reserves will report for active duty to the destroyer U. S. S. J. Fred Talbot. Lt. R. C. Hoffman will be transfer red to the destroyer Barry. A farewell ceremony, scheduled to begin at 5 o'clock, will be attended by Lt. William Croft Jennings, com manding officer of the 1st Battalion. The three divisions of the battalion are to depart for active duty in reverse order, the second and first divisions following the third within the next few months. The 3d Division is headed by Lt. F. S. Kirk and Ensigns Samuel Spencer and B. C. Royster. Lt. Hoffman will leave the group at the Canal Zone for his special assignment. Equipment of the unit was to be transported to the Washington Channel wharf today so the men will be able to board the steamer unencumbered by heavy supplies. Part of the farewell ceremonies was scheduled to be broadcast by Lt. Comdr. Arthur Godfrey of the Reserves over Station WJSV from 6:15 to 6:30 o'clock. Marine Reserves to Go To Cuba Before February 1 Marine Corps Reserve units, in cluding the local 5th Battalion, are scheduled for transfer to Guan tanamo Bay, Cuba, some time be tween January 6 and February 1, the Navy Department announced yesterday. The Reserve units were mobilized November 7 and sent to the Marine Barracks at Quantico, Va. Since that date the organization has been actively engaged in conditioning maneuvers. On arrival at Guantanamo Bay they will join the 1st Marine Bri gade and will participate in train ing exercises and maneuvers now under way by that unit. The Reserves include 84 officers and 1.658 enlisted men. The or ganizations and their home stations,, are as follows: Fifth Battalion, Washington, D.1 C.; 1st Battalion and 3d Battalion, New York: 2d Battalion, Boston: 7th Battalion. Philadelphia: 8th Battalion, Toledo, Ohio, and the 17th Battalion, Detroit. Maryland Assembly Members Trickle Into Annapolis Party Caucuses Meet; First Session Tonight To Hear O'Conor Bn the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS. Md , Jan. 1.—Mary land's 1941 Legislature, faced with the prospect of doing more work in a shorter space of time than any of its predecessors, trickled quietly into town today, causing scarcely a ripple in the Capitol's holiday surface. Seemingly somewhat subdued, in comparison with past years, early arrivals among the Assemblymen had little to say. Principal business today was the pre-session caucus to select House and Senate leadership. However, with alignments all settled in ad vance and the return of Speaker Thomas Conlon and Senate Presi dent Arthur Brice a virtual certain ty, the caucus occasioned little early j excitement. Few Legislators Arrive. It was generally understood that th» majority and minority floor leaders likewise would continue, bar ring last-minute developments. By midmorning, the Statehouse still was practically deserted, only a scattering of legislators having ap peared. Gov. O'Conor remained at the Executive Mansion celebrating the holiday with his family. The regular reception for the Legislature, held by the Governor at the mansion, was set for 4 p.m . after the caucus, and the Assembly was not scheduled to convene until 8 p.m. O't'onor to Give Report. At that time, in joint session, the Assembly will hear Gov. O'Conor read his unusual message reviewing the work of the last two years and citing the accomplishments of his administration. His report was ex pected to require about an hour for delivery. Under present plans, both houses then will adjourn until 10 a m to morrow. at whirh time some 75 Legislative Council bills will be in troduced. Such subjects as taxation, tax administration, conservation, fire works regulations, the merit sys tem. county almshouses and roads bid fair to keep the legislators busy and are sure to bring a sharp divi sion of opinion. Some of these subjects are cov ered in bills prepared by the Legis lative Council and floor battles on some recommendations are in the offing. Land-Use Co-ordinator Appointed by Wickard Permanent appointment of Milton S. Eisenhower as land-use co-ordi nator of the Agriculture Department was announced today by Secretary Wickard. In 1937 Secretary’ Wallace assigned Mr. Eisenhower to set up the office of Land-Use Co-ordination while continuing to serve as the depart ment's director of information, a post he had held since 1928. The office was created at the re quest of heads of land-use agencies in the department—the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. Soil Conservation Service. Farm Security Administration and Forest Service. Mr. Eisenhower has been in the Agriculture Department since 1926. He is a native of Kansas and a graduate of the Kansas State Col lege of Agriculture. He worked on newspapers in that State before entering the department and also served as vice consul at Edinburgh. Scotland. He now will devote his full time as land-use co-ordinator. He is a resident of Falls Church, Va. Admiral Towers Honored Rear Admiral John H. Towers of Washington was elected honorary president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the organization's con vention Monday in Fort Worth. Tex. George Short of Butte. Mont., was named president. Evanston. Ill. was designated as the scene of the 1941 convention. V Three Persons Die in Nearby Auto Accidents No Serious Mishaps Mar District's New Year Eve Events The District came through its New Year eve without any serious traffic mishaps but in nearby Maryland and Virginia three persons lost their lives as the result of automobile ac cidents. Altogether 11 other persons were injured in the Washington area. Miss Lynde Crocker. 21. of 601 King street road, secretary to the Alexandria tVa.) superintendent of schools, was killed last night when the automobile in which she was riding struck a fire plug at King street road and Callahan drive about midnight. Miss Crocker had been with the school department of Alexandria for about four years She was a cIosp friend of the latp Richard Hallibur ton. who was living at the Crocker home at the time he wrote 'The Flying Carpet." one of his adventurp books. She is survived by her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Crocker and a brother. Paul N. Crocker. Funeral services were to be private, the family said. Four Others Hurt. Miss Crocker was riding in a car also occupied bv James Tirer. 20, 270 South Fairfax street, the son of former Mayor E C. Ticer of Alexandria, who was reported in jured. Others injured, according to Alexandria police, are Boyd Myers, 19. 601 King street road: Owen Chappelle. 2605 Ridge road drive, and Bordon D. Rust. 717 Timber Branch drive. After the car in which she was riding crashed into a telegraph pole on route 224 near Pomonkey. Md , Annie Mae Boyd. 20. colored, of 930 T street N.W.. died yesterday in Providence Hospital. She remained unidentified for several hours after her death. Her companion. Julius Enps. 29, colored, of the 2400 block of P street N.W.. was also brought to the hos pital by the Indianhead ambulance. Suffering from head injuries, his condition is said to be serious. Man Killed Near Damascus. A man tentatively identified as Regan Russell. 28. of Baltimore, was killed instantly, and Edwin Harris; about 30. also of Baltimore, was taken to the Frederick. Md.. City Hospital when the automobile in which they were riding last meh* overturned on the Olney road near Damascus. Marvland State Police said the car left the road on a curve. Mr Harris was said to have suffered two broken legs. Reed Gale. 19. of 1448 Girard street ! N.W. received a fractured right leg last night when his car was side ; swiped on the Baltimore boulevard near Laurel by a hit-run driver Mr. Gale was brought to Garfieid Hospital. While washing an antomobile at Observatory Circle in the District. James Stanmore. 31, colored, was struck by a passing car. He was taken to Emergency Hospital where it was found he had received a fractured right leg and chest in juries. Others injured include John Free man. 70, of Blue Plains. Adolphus Richardson. 35, 607Rhode Island avenue N.W. and Nathan Jones, 34. of Gaithersburg. Md. Dr. and Mrs. Mann to Give Geographic Society Talk Dr. William M. Mann, director of the Zoo. and Mrs. Mann will present motion pictures and a lecture on the 1940 Smithsonian-Firestone expedi tion into unexplored portions of Liberia before members of the Na tional Geographic Society Friday night at Constitution Hall. Dr. Mann, who headed the expedi tion. brought back many rare speci mens in 47 crates for the Zoo and a film account of his trip. The primitive bush people whom he photographed sneak some 19 dia lects. so the expedition took many interpreters, in addition to about SO porters, with a small armv of natives to drive wild animals into 1.000 feet of net used in capturing them. Msgr. Sheen Is Elected By Philosophical Group The Right Rev. Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen of the Catholic University School of Philosophy yesterday was elected president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association at the group's convention at Detroit. Tire Rev. Charles A Hart, also of the school of philosophy, was re elected secretary-treasurer. The association voted to hold its 1941 convention in Philadelphia De cember 29 and 30. Fort Myer Soldier Shot Pvt. Francis Boswell. 21. a soldier stationed at Fort Myer, Va . re mained in critical condition at Gal linger Hospital today after shooting himself in the chest last night with a 22-caliber target pistol in a Ninth street shooting gallery. Marriages Boom As Draft Comes In Leap Year The year just passed into history saw a big increase in marriages in the Washington area, but whether leap year or the draft, or both, can be held responsible is a matter of conjecture. There were 8,133 marriage licenses issued at the District courthouse during 1940. There were only 5.906 in 1939 The two previous years prove nothing, except perhaps the impos sibilitv of predicting or accounting for trends in matrimony. There werp 4.833 applications !n 1938 and 6,882 in 1937.