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Patent Office Move
To Year's Expenses
Cost of Taking Employes'
Furniture to Richmond
Will Total $50,000
By OLIVER McKEE.
Transfer to Richmond of most
Of its personnel, reconditioning and
rental of new quarters, and extra
outlays incident to the division of
activities between Washington and
the Virg'nia capital, will add more
than $400,000 to the cost of oper
ating the Patent Office during the
next 12 months, a survey yesterday
of probable moving expenses in
dicated.
Patents Commissioner Conway P.
Coe announced last week that the
transfer will begin January 31. Ap
proximately 1.100 Patent Office
workers are expected to go to Rich
mond. Complete figures on the
amount of furniture to be shipped
from Washington at Government
expense are not yet available, nor
can the bill for subsistance and
other expenses of employes be esti
mated accurately in advance.
However, here are some of the
maior items of expense involved
in the move. The first is the rental
of space in the Export Leaf Tobacco
Building in Richmond. Arrange
ments have been made for leasing
180.000 square feet of floor space,
at, 75 cents a square foot, or $135,
000 a year.
Must Remodel Buiiuing.
To prepare this building—now
Used as a warehouse—for Patent
Office occupancy, extensive remodel
ing and renovation has been neces
sary. Although no figures on the
cost of this work have been pre
pared. it is unofficially estimated
that the expense will total $150,000,
possibly more.
Patent Office employes transferred
to Richmond will be allowed *5 a
day. up to a maximum of 15 days,
for subsistence during the moving
period, or *75 per person. If the
1.100 persons are transferred and
each receive the *75 maximum, the
subsistence item will total approxi
mately $82,000.
The Government is expected to
pay for shipping the household ef
fects of transferred personnel up
to 5.000 pounds each for those with
dependants, and 2.500 pounds for
those without dependants.
Federal officials are trying to
make a deal with private companies
to handle the entire furniture mov
ing job. No estimates are available,
but it probably will cost the Gov
ernment about *75 to ship the furni
ture of a Patent Office worker with
dependents, and about $35 for one
without dependents. The moving
bill, therefore, might total *50.000
or even more.
Must Move Records.
Although the bulk of Patent Office
records will remain in Washington,
it will be necessary to transfer to
Richmond about 2.000 tons of files
and office equipment. Here is an
other item that will add thousands
of dollars to the moving expenses.
Employes transferred to Rich
mond will be'„entitled to first Class'
rail fare including Pullman ac
commodations. A first-class ticket
to Richmond costs $3.51, and a par
lor car seat 55c. making $4.06 in all.
With taxi fares, the transportation
cost per person probably will amount
to *5 a person, or a total of *5.500.
The division OI worK oetween
cities probably will increase the
telephone bill. All of the 700 Patent
Office examiners and the 65 examin
ing divisions will be located in
Richmond. Many units will stay in
Washington. Necessarily, there will
be a good many official telephone
calls between the two cities. A pri
vate telephone wire connecting the
two offices would c6st between $400
and *500 a month. Person-tn-person
calls cost 55 cents each. Althoueh
Fatent Office officials have consid
ered the possibility of arranging for
a private wire between the two
„ cities, they have decided initially to
u'e regular long-distance calls. If
they find it would be cheaper they
are expected to lease one or more
telephone lines.
The move to Richmond also will
necessitate acquisition of several
more trucks and probably a station
wagon or two to carry examiners
and others on official business be
tween Richmond and Washington.
The additional transportation equip
ment needed will cost about $2,500.
according to estimates of Commerce
Department officials. Gasoline, re
pair and other charges must be
added to the transportation item.
Some Patent Office employes have
their homes in Baltimore and com
mute to Washington daily. Under
the regulations as they now stand,
it was explained yesterday, the Gov
ernment cannot pay expenses of
moving their household effects to
Richmond.
Argentina Increases
Exports to United States
American nations, particularly the
United States, are taking the place
of other countries not only as sup
pliers of Argentina's needs, but also
as markets for her products, ac
cording to the latest government re
ports in Buenos Aires.
Statistics for the first 10 months
of 1941 show that 51.5 per cent of
Argentina's exports went to Amer
ican countries, against only 28 per
cent in the same period of 1940.
while the figures for imports were
63.4 and 52.4. respectively.
After the extraordinaiy growth of
exports to the United States the
heavy increase in imports from
Brazil—including a Marge volume of
textiles—is the salient feature of the
trade returns.
Marines Reclassify Officers
The Marine Corps is attempting
to classify some 300 former officers
in an effort to obtain additional ex
perienced men for specialist posi
tions and general duty. Those who
satisfy headquarters requirements
will be recommissioned and assigned
to active duty, according to Brig.
Gen. R. S. Kevser, U. S. M. C.. di
rector of the division of reserves.
ADVERTISEMENT.__
Tires for Clergy Authorized;
Auto Rationing Parley Called
Tire rationing regulations will
be relaxed to permit ministers
of all denominations to buy new
tires and tubes, the Office of
Price Administration announced
late yesterday, thus ending one
of the most controversial phases
of the recent rubber “freezing”
order.
In announcing the rule change,
Price Administrator Leon Hender
son said: “Clergymen in many com
munities, particularly where the
population is scattered, are com
pelled to depend upon their cars to
reach the bedside of the sick and
dying, or to conduct services that
are essential to the spiritual wel
fare of the public."
It was learned also that Mr. Hen
derson has asked representatives of
tire rationing boards throughout
the country to attend a conference
in Chicago January 24 and 25 to ad
vise them of plans for the rationing
of automobiles. Whether other ra
tioning is planned, or if the tire
boards will handle it if ordered,
is not known. Telegrams to State
boards stated cryptically “much ad
ditional work coming on."
The automobile rationing program
is expected to get under way Feb
ruary 2, thus giving tire rationing
administrators only one week after
the Chicago conference to prepare
for their new task. Implying that
rationing organizations already set
up might be called on to handle
other consumer products which may
be restricted was the accompanying
order changing the names of the
boards to simply the State Rationing
Boards.
Meanwhile, District tire rationing
headquarters announced they had
granted certificates for purchase of
new tires and tubes to 30 additional
individuals and firms. The first 16
to receive tires and tubes were made
public last week.
In the most unusual case, Mrs.
Elsie Ruth Henderson, 3100 N street
S.E., a housewife, was given a cer
tificate to purchase tires of an “ob
solete" type for her car. This is the
first case of its type under the regu
lations which provide that any car
owner, after showing the old ones
are worn out, may obtain the right
to purchase tires of “obsolete" size.
There are a number of sizes termed
“obsolete" though the number of
tires and vehicles they fit are lim
ited.
Others Receiving Certificates.
Others who received certificates
yesterday are:
National Delivery Association. 639
New York avenue N.W.. movers: Dr.
George Arack. Walter Reed Hos
pital, physician and surgeon; Dr.
Earle S. Sullivan. 1735 New Hamp
shire avenue N.W.. physician; Dr.
Raymond C. Kirchner. 907 Eleventh
street N.E.. physician; Dr. William
H. Lawton, 1818 H street N.W..
physician; Dr. John H. Hazard. 816
Maryland avenue N.E., physician;
Goodwill Industries of Washington,
1218 New Hampshire avenue N.W.;
W H. Harrison. 1328 Fifth street
N.E.. fruit and vegetables.
Rinaldi Coal Co.. 649 Rhode Island
avenue N.E.: American Linen Serv
ice Co., 2241 Eighth street N.W.,
linen service to hospitals: William
H. Huhn & Co.. 502 Twelfth street
S.W., butter and eggs; United Pe
troleum Products, 710 Rhode Island
avenue N.E.. distribution of gas, oil
and kerosene; C. E. Buele <fe Sons.
817 Michigan avenue N.E., wholesale
druggist; Capital Creamery Co.. 211
Fourth street N.E.. wholesale dairy
products; Dr. Philip Burka. 5107
Connecticut avenue N.W.. physician.
Dr. G. Roland Gable. 900 Seven
teenth street N.W.. physician: Dr
William W. Spiller, 421 Twenty
third place N.E., physician; Kay
Coal Co., 916 W street N.W.; John
Cline, 332 Eleventh street S.E.. Gov
ernment hauling; Charles Schneider
Baking Co., 413 I street N.W.; Don
ald S. Nash. 1816 Bryant street NE„
property maintenance; Embassy
Fairfax Dairy, 1620 First street N.W.;
William King & Son, 1151 Sixteenth
street N.W., coal and other fuels;
Arthur A. Cockel, 630 Jefferson
street N.W., roofing repairs; Jesse
Lee Yingling, 215 Adams street NI.,
steamfitter; Marvin H. Katz, 1248
Fourth street N.E., wholesale meats;
Paul Cotter, 410 Ingraham street
N.W., commercial refrigeration, and
Schroff Bros., 3100 K street N.W.,
Government hauling.
Sirens
_(Continued From First Page.)
I that when it is shut off the siren
will have sufficient time to roll from
the high pitch wail to the low growl
I when turning slowly."
Mr. McBroom's point, of course, is
| that a siren isn't like a whistle,
which can be shut off instantly. It
takes a while for a siren to run
down, after it has reached full
blast. And it takes longer than a
half-second.
O. C. D. Offered Suggestion.
The Federal Office of Civilian De
fense, in publishing instructions for
local defense organizations, recog
nized the functional limitations of
sirens. The O. C. D. suggested that:
An air-raid signal be either a con
tinuous, wavering wail lasting about
two minutes or that it be a series
of five-second blasts, with three
seconds of silence between blasts.
The all-clear should be a continu
ous. steady sound.
Mr. McBroom’s company, recog
nizing that the signals established
lor Washington are an impossibil
ity, fixed the sirens so as to comply
with the O. C. D. regulations—and
not the District's.
It was recalled that when the Dis
trict's own siren at fire alarm head
quarters attempted {o give signals
at a half-second interval It was
found impossible.
Col. Lemuel Bolles, executive di
rector of the District Defense Office,
said the matter was completely out
of his hands The whole matter has
been referred to a committee of en
gineers. he said.
Snow Plans Test of Signals.
Lt. Col. Beverley C. Snow, Assist
ant Engineer Commissioner and
chanrman of the Engineering Com
mittee studying the siren situation,
refused to comment. He said he'd
have to test the siren before he
knew whether this was true.
Commissioner J. Russell Young,
| chairman of the Defense Committee,
said:
■'If the sirens aren’t satisfactory,
we’ll get some that are. We'll order
some other kind."
There's & long, long w^ail awinding
from December 7 to the latest con
fusion over the sirens. The first
attempt to sound a practice alarm
here was made on a siren which the
Rockville volunteer fire department
had discarded years ago.
I Almost no one but the man who
operated the siren could hear It.
Subsequently, the number of signal
ling devices was Increased, but still
the alarm was not loud enough.
Commissioner Young and Col.
Bolles started off on a number of
tacks—proposing to use factory-type
steam whistles, special electric
horns, etc. At last, an order for the
41 sirens was placed. So far, 24
have been delivered.
Deliveries Held Up.
Yesterday it was reported that the
manufacturers had been ordered to
hold up delivery of the rest of the
sirens. Commissioner Young re
vealed that he was now considering
purchase of nine air-pressure warn
ing horns.
This development came after the
new sirens had been tested and the
results had aroused doubts that the
sirens would be adequate. So Com
missioner Young decided to place
before the Board of Commission
ers the question of the purchase of
the horns, to supplement the sirens.
The horns would cost about $30,
000, including installation charges.
As far as can be learned, the ques
tion of whether these horns can be
worked in conjunction with the $42,
000 worth of sirens has not been
decided.
Decentralization
• Continued Prom First Page.)
would be more than $300,000,000
for average accommodations.
Huge Burden on Communities.
“It takes but little imagination to
translate such a program into terms
of the huge burdens on the commu
nities and their taxpayers and upon
critical defense materials. Plumb
ing and heating equipment, refrig
eration and stoves, are among items
which must be considered as well
as the skilled labor Involved. Fur
thermore, ope must visualize the
ultimate loss to the Government
and to private enterprise upon
their invested capital when the
emergency is over.
“The cost of expanding water, sew
age, electricity and gas systems will
be huge when one considers placing
another town like Akron on top of
our present demands. Telephone
facilities, fire and police protection
and schools would be utterly inade
quate. and without respect to cost,
it is doubtful if they could keep pace
with such an influx of population.
“It is a serious question whether
the transportation systems can meet
the load which will come with this
increase of population. Passenger
traffic problems are further compli
cated by the new load developing
because of the automobile tire short
age. Employes are using public con
veyances increasingly, leaving their
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can be accommodated remains a
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"Hospital facilities offer an even
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right now seems to be critical, with
out adding further demands for hos
pitalization.” ' v •
Huge Office Space Shortage.
Mr. Smith said that by July 1
there will be a. shortage of at least
22,700,000 square feet of office space,
despite the construction program
already authorized—and that he be
lieves the figure will be even worse.
"The additional space to be made
available during the last half of the
year will be far from enough to take
care of the new personnel expected
during that time,” he added.
The last monthly personnel state
ment Issued by the Civil Service
Commission covered October, and
showed 195,000 employes on duty
here. This number unquestionably
has increased to 200,000 or more
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The Budget Bureau, using another
set of figures, said that exclusive of
institutional personnel and persons
employed in the Navy Yard, city
Post Office, etc., who are included
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Civil Service Commission—plus com
missioned and enlisted personnel at
tached to War and Navy Depart
ments. the executive branch staff
jumped from 132.000 in January.
1941, to 180.000 last January 1. and
would go to 265,000 by January 1
1943. ’
Meanwhile, it was said yesterday
that the Public Buildings Adminis
tration expects to announce in the
next day or two the probable mov
ing dates for the 12 agencies ordered
out of Washington last month. There
are about 10,000 employes in this
batch.
Navy Department
Building Penthouse
The overcrowded Navy Depart
ment. constantly seeking new space,
now is building a penthouse on the
new east wing of the Constitution
avenue building it has occupied
since the World War.
The new structure will be 60 by
480 feet and will have about 2.200
square feet of usable space, the Navy
said. It will accommodate 900 to
250 workers, and is atop the wing
completed last spring. The Navy
explained that original plans for
the wing called for the penthouse
but that the National Capital Park
and Planning Commission vetoed
the plans at that time.
The Navy also built an annex in
the rear of its building during the
summer, and is to occupy the annex
being built behind the Munitions
Building. It also moved several
offices and departments to the new
Federal office building on Ridge
Road.
Dry Law Gives India
Bootlegging Problem
Br the Auoclated pr*u.
MADRAS, India.—Madras is hav
ing bootlegging difficulties Just as
America did, says a report on the
administration of the prohibition
act.
Bootlegging in urban areas may
have serious repercussions on the
maintenance of law and order, the
report added, but it praised the
results of prohibition in rural areas
and said in general the law had been
operating satisfactorily.
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