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Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1942. * B—1 Night Watches For Women at Schools Hit Board Unanimously Votes Disapproval Of Practice Unanimous disapproval of use of woman teachers to watch school buildings after 8:30 pm. was voted yesterday by the Board of Educa tion. Action followed reports of an alleged attempted assault on a teacher on watch in a colored school. At the present time 24-hour vigil is being maintained in 18 se lected school buildings on orders from District civilian defense offi cials. At the same time Supt. Frank W. Ballou told the members defense officials had rejected his proposals to abandon the watch in all schools and study the situation, or to turn the whole after-school watch over to air-raid wardens. They accepted instead, he said, the plan to man strategically-located buildings. Plans for manning some of the schools with auxiliary police or wardens went afoul. Dr. Ballou in dicated, when numbers of both groups indicated they hadn't signed up to serve in schools. Principals Advised. School principals have already been advised not to use woman teachers after 8:30 p.nv. Dr. Ballou said, but under questions from board members, he added that he could not promise that some were not be ing used where man teachers Weren't available. Referring to the alleged attempted assault. C. Melvin Sharpe observed, “one little incident like that and well all be sorry." His query as to whether there was not some way in which the vigil could be stopped, brought from Dr. Ballou the opinion that maintenance of the vigil should not be placed on the teachers as a professional group. Rather he said it was the responsibility of the com munity in which the school was located. In some instances, it was stated, communities have already put up money to hire watchmen to relieve the teachers of the work. Answering a criticism of the Girl Reserve Mothers’ Council, the mem bers declared activities and social, functions in connection with mid winter graduations shuld not be can celled merely because the board had decided earlier to move as many graduations as possible into daylight hours to avoid night gatherings. Board Member Charles D. Drayton said he thought the transfer of the exercises to daytime was premature, j The members Toted-to seek a $45, BOO deficiency appfaspriation to com- ! plete six classrooms at the Lafayette School and $3,500 for seven addi- , tional clerks from March 1 to June 30. the end of the fiscal year. The completion of the classrooms at La fayette was sought in Lanham Act funds but disallowed. It will permit abandonment of the old E. V. Brown School, at least by next September, it was stated. Personnel Changes Approved. A number of personnel changes were approved by the board as was abandonment for school purposes of the Weightman, Hubbard and Blake Schools. Mrs. F. L. Toms, principal of the Randall Night School, is resigning as of February 2 when she will be suc ceeded by Miss C. E. Lewis. With the closing of Hubbard, the teacher training program carried on there and at the Powell School will be transferred to the Truesdell School as will Mrs. Ruth K. Webb, former administrative principal at Hubbard-Powell. Powell will be combined with the Raymond School under Miss Lou E. Ballenger. Mrs. I. I. Ruediger was made permanent supervising principal of the seventh division. Miss Nell F. Hiscox, principal of Truesdell, will move to the prin cipalship of the Janney School made vacant by the death of Mrs. Eliza beth K. Peeples. Mrs. Frances S. Haas, principal of the Addison-Curtis-Hyde combina tion. will surrender Addison to Mrs. Beulah D. Aldridge, teaching prin cipal at Corcoran, and Corcoran will be combined with Grant under Miss Viola Offutt. Monday Night Deadline For Fairfax Candidates By a 8taff Correspondent of The Star. FAIRFAX, Va„ Jan. 22.—Monday midnight is the deadline lor filing as a candidate in the special elec tion to name a Fairfax County member of the House of Delegates, it was announced today. Thomas B. ’Stanley, speaker of the House of Delegates, and former Gov. Price have issued a writ calling for a special election on February 3 to fill the house vacancy created by the death of Col. R. R. Parr, Re publican. So far, G. Wallace Carper, Demo cratic chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is the only person who has announced his candidacy. Mrs. Viola M. Farr, wi dow of the House member, is being urged by friends to run for the office, but she has declined to make her intentions known. When special elections are held within 35 days after they are called, only five days' notice for filing as a candidate is required by State law. Candidates are required to file their notice, attested by two wit nesses, with Clerk of the Circuit Court John M. Whalen. Bank Re-elects Officers The Board of Directors of the rban National Bank met yes y and re-elected all officers. They are T. Howard Duckett, chair man; Bladen Jackson Darneille, president; Fred L. Lutes, executive vice president; James H. Cissel and E. V. Crittenden, vice presidents; George T. Day, cashier, and Ira C. Whitaere, H. C. McCeney, Charles J. Sincell, Edward C. Holmead and Warren E. Lawson, assistant l •ashlers. i SCATTERING TO PLACES OF SAFETY—Stu dents at Leland Junior High, Chevy Chase, Md., are shown during an air-raid drill yesterday. A neighborhood house which affords shelter to the boys and girls during the period of an air-raid alarm. One hundred houses have been alloted for the purpose. This illustrates how the authorities at Leland keep check on the children who are sent out on air-raid drills. Don Sullivan (right) is shown turning the file check over to read “In” as the classes return to school.—Star Staff Photos. A Washington-Lee High Reveals Names of 47 Diploma Candidates 67 Students to Receive Promotion From Junior High Also Announced The names of 47 prospective sen ior high school graduates and 67 students who are scheduled to be promoted from junior high school grades at the completion of the mid year semester were announced to day by the Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County. All classes are concluding final examinations this week and gradu ation and promotion exercises will be held next Thursday at the school auditorium. School Supt. Fletcher Kemp will present certificates of promotion to the junior high school students in exercises at 10 a m. and will issue diplomas to midyear grad uates at 8 pm. the same day. _ The list of prospective high sdtttol graduates follows: Banigan. Elizabeth C. Hutchison. 9. L. Bllncoe. Norman M. Jones. Levering K. Bradshaw. N. A. Kirby. William A. Bryant, Edith B. Lawson. John I Cahn. Irwin Leadbettrr. Elsie M. Canham. Burton L°izear. Francis S. Dick. J. R . jr. Miller. Clayton C. Dorsey. C. C. Milstead. John W Duck son Maurice A. Mitchell. Robert W. Duffln. Anna E. Muschlitz. Raich C. Ese. Eleanor G Nicholson. Ruth Evans. Edward P. Okranen. Jean. E. Fatherree. D. A. Owens. Courtney E. Foster, Anne C Pflieeer. Harry E. Frank, Barbara E. Rhodes. Mary F. Frick. Rameal W. Seifert. Helen L. Fuss. Car! R.. jr. Sherman. G B.. jr. Garland. Martha J. Simmons. M. A Gunnell. A. M Slaton. Mildred P. Harvell, Mary E Urbanskp. Ieo. jr Haynes. Howard A. Wildman Evelyn B. Henderson. V. L. Wilson. O^o.-kp L. Hewitt. Harvey G. Yates. Helen K. Hilliard. Dorothy I. The junior high school graduates who are scheduled to receive pro motion certificates, pending outcome of this week's examinations, are: Burke. Russell Ruckert. James Carter. Clifton Sterling. William Clarke Robert Thompson. Marshal Fletcher William Clarke. Doris Johnston. Ralph Craig. Ethel Lukens. Paul Geris. Mary E. McCord. Harrison Guise. Dorothy Mooney. Hugh Hastings. Eugenia Nichols. Duane Jones. Alice Owen. Frederick MacLean. Marjorie Parker. Francis Mills. Evelyn Quimby, Dustin Ruble. Anna P. Tribby. Richard Thomas. Catherine Wagner. Lowell Underdunk. Marian Bradshaw, Kenneth Steger. Mildred Wisenbaker Eugene Whistleman. Warren Keiter. Billy Waddell. Mary Brown. Rita Thompson. Robert Farmer. Beverly Staats. Mary L. Ford. June Shepherd. Robert Rossell. Eugenia Bly. Ruby Timberlake. Lucie Batchelor. Le Roy Weitzel, Elizabeth Barley. Earl Downs. Margaret Appleton. Eugene Dedera. Francis Marsden. Arthur Marshall. Richard Edmonds. Jean Bracken. John McCann. Philip Francis. John Ezekiel. Joseph Prere. Francis T. Lutz. Everett Hyett. Jack Burke. Marie Jenrenaur;, Thomas Poston. Marilyn Kinsman, Orland Camden. Elizabeth Manville. Edgar Pearson, Hunter Newland, Louis G. P.-T. A. Plans Party The Parent-Teacher Association of the Annandale (Va.) High School will hold a party tomorrow night in the school. Luckett Enters Race For City Council In Alexandria Gives Up Position as Democratic Chairman To Seek Office B> E Staff Correspondent of The Star. ALEXANDRIA, Va.. Jan. 22.—R. Samuel Luckett, former chairman of the Alexandria Democratic Com mittee. has announced his candi dacy for the City Council in the Democratic primary of April 7. Mr. Luckett has resigned as Dem ocratic Committee chairman, a post that has been filled by Frank R. Monroe, it was announced today. The deadline for filing for the Democratic primary contests is Feb ruary 6 and all of the six ward coun cilmen are expected to seek re election. Mr. Luckett has filed as a candidate from the fourth ward to oppose the incumbent. George K. Bender, who has held office for sev eral years. Of the nine council members, six are elected from the city's wards, I while three are named at large. The at-large members are not up for ; election this year, as their terms do not expire until 1943. Other present ward councilmen. | whose two-year terms expire this | year and who are expected to seek re-election, are John D. Matter, first ' ward: Paul L. Delaney, second ward; Ernest Mankin. third ward: James ! Armstrong, fifth ward, and Charles L. Burgess, sixth ward. Mr. Monroe said the Democratic Committee will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in the Corporation Court room to fill vacancies. The mem bers are allowed from each ward. Existing vacancies include two from the first ward and one each from the 1 second, fourth and fifth wards. -————-—. Edgemoor Association To Name New Officers The Edgemoor Citizens’ Associa | tion will hold a "defense night" : meeting at the Bethesda Elementary School at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Albert E. Brault, director of civil ian defense for Montgomery Coun ty, will talk. All residents of the community are invited to attend. This is the last meeting of the as sociation’s fiscal year, and officers for the coming year will be elected. Will Hold Benefit Party A party will be held at 8 p.m. to morrow at St. Michael’s School auditorium, Silver Spring, Md., for | the benefit of the Academy of the i Holy Names. Refreshments will be 1 served. DARDEN MAKES INAUGURAL SPEECH—After taking the oath as the new Governor of Virginia yesterday, Colgate W. Darden, jr., urged in his inaugural address that all State projects in any way interfering with the war effort be laid aside until victory is won. —A. P. Photo. School Emptied in 5 Minutes In Air-Raid Alarm Test Leland Junior High Students 'Melt' Into Nearby Homes Offering Refuge By CARTER BROOKE JONES. It might have been the end of the school day. The children were streaming out of Leland Junior High School in Chevy Chase. Md. Yet there was something peculiar about the way they left. This was the strange part of it. They walked in silence. It was an extraordinary contrast to the laugh ing. chattering groups that leave school every afternoon. But this, it developed, was an air raid drill. And what to do in such an event has been worked out with precision at Leland. Silence is part of the training, for the school au thorities figure that talk might lead to confusion or even panic if the students were following the evacua tion plan in an actual enemy attaofc. The first complete raid rehearsal was.. -to>ld yesterday and the plans were carried out in every detail. Uses “Home” System. Unlike the District schools, which follow the plan of the National Office of Civilian Defense for students to stay in their school buildings in an air raid, Leland has devised a sys | tern of* evacuating the children to nearby houses, all within easy walk ! ing distance of the school. If, however, a raid should occur I without sufficient warning to permit ; the students to go to the designated houses, an inner alarm system would summon them to the first-floor cor ridor, considered the safest place in the building. This would happen in the event the “red" signal from Metropolitan Area communications headquarters arrived before the an ticipated interval of 20 to 30 minutes after the first alert. The school fire alarm bells sum moned the 1,000 students from their classes, and they filed out of the building. The entire structure was emptied in approximately five min utes. except for the skeleton force of teachers and other employes kept to combat theoretical incendiary bombs or to meet other potential emergencies. It was the first test of the system which Mrs. Helen P. Bready, school Takoma Will Be Pad Of Ofher Defense Group The town of Takoma Park, Md., will have no separate civilian de fense organization of its own. but will participate as part of the Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties and the District setups. Mayor Oliver W. Youngblood announced today. Plans for co-operating with the three governmental agencies were discussed at a special meeting of the council. Officials of the police and fire departments submitted suggestions for equipment needed for the town’s protection. Town Clerk J. Wilson Dodd was authorized to confer with the three agencies to get the closest co-operation pos sible for a defense program. Literature and printed matter will be provided by the larger organiza tions and arrangements for joining in defense discussions will be made. Mayor Youngblood said. Fairfax Book Review Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX. Va., Jan. 22—The Fairfax County Public Library will sponsor a book review tomorrow afternoon at the library. The pro gram will include a review of a pop ular book of fiction by Mrs. T. J. Walsh of Falls Church and a non fiction book by Mrs. Virginia Bogusch, assistant librarian. Dog Show May Be Canceled By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Va., Jan. 22.—War conditions may cause cancellation of the Virginia Kennel Club’s annual dog show, scheduled for April 24 here, club officials said yesterday. A committee will report at a club jneeting February 2. Dance to Benefit Soldiers The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Cabin John Fire Department will give an entertainment and dance at 8 pm. Friday in the Cabin John Fire House for the soldiers’ coffee fund. Pro ceeds will be used to supply coffee to soldiers on night guard duty in that area. principal, and her staff have set up in co-operation with the zone air raid wardens. One hundred residences nearest the schools had been set aside for the pupils. All these householders had agreed gladly to take in stu dents. Ten children had been assigned to each house, and these groups knew exactly where they were to go. More over. every dwelling was the home of some pupiL The boy or girl living there simply was taking in nine schoolmates as temporary guests. There's a teacher for every three shelter homes. There wasn't the slightest confu sion and Mrs. Bready does not be lieve there would be in an enemy attack. The adjacent streets was emptied of children in a surprisingly short time. They’d simply melted into various homes. The front doors were opened as they walked into the yards. Where they would go in these houses during a raid would be up to each housewife. Presumably she would pick what seemed the least dangerous location. But no set raid shelters have been devised. Many Live Far Away. It would be impracticable for the Leland students all to go to their own homes. Many of them live a long distance from the school. Six buses bring them in from Kensing ton, Glen Echo and other more or less remote points. Mrs. Bready has in her office a chart diagramming the allotted ref uge houses. The area is bounded by Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues, Bradley lane and the railroad. It is not necessary for the children to cross any arterial highways to reach their shelters. Every home is within 15 minutes’ walk of the school. A disc marking the departure of | each class is placed beside the chart and turned around when every member has returned to school. The school also is installing an automatic sprinkler system, which should be valuable in case of in cendiary bombs. Trial of $50,000 Libel Suit Resumed in Arlington Trial of a $50,000 libel suit brought by Judge B. M. Hedrick of the Ar lington County Trial Justice Court against Crandall Mackey, attorney, was resumed today in the County Circuit Court. A special jury was called yester day when the trial was opened. Judge Hedrick was the first wit ness. He testified concerning a front-page article in the Chronicle, a weekly newspaper, October 4,1940. He said Mr. Mackey was the author of the article, which was described to the court as an editorial. He contended that Mr. Mackey was the owner of the newspaper. Mr. Mackey pleaded innocent and denied he wrote the article or caused its circulation in the paper. Most of the hearing yesterday was taken up with arguments as to whether certain allegations made by Mr. Mackey concerning Judge Hedrick before the Eighth District Council of the State Integrated Bar could be introduced as evidence. Cost of Public Relief Increases in Maryland By tbe Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 22.—The indi vidual costs of all forms of State public relief for Marylanders is being increased gradually to keep up with rising costs of living. 'Director J. Milton Patterson of the State Department of Welfare said yesterday that payments for all types of public assistance were 1.6 per cent higher last month than in November. They totaled $718,906, compared to $707,629, but were 5.8 per cent lower than December a year ago, when payments aggregated $736,217. The directors’ monthly report shows the average grant for old age assistance was $15.58 last month, compared to $17,76 a year ago. Average aid to dependent children rose from $31.78 at the end of 1940 to $32.84 at the end of 1941. Gen eral public assistance ro6« from $25.21 per case to $26.05. Building Regulations Urged in Fairfax; 100 Auxiliary Police Asked! Judge McCarthy to Make Appointments on Basis Of McIntosh Suggestions Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX. Va.. Jan. 22—Recom mendation that building inspection regulations be adopted by the Fair fax County Board of Supervisors because of the expected increase in defense construction work was made to the board yesterday by Robert N. Brumback. assistant defense housing co-ordinator under the Federal Housing Administration. Mr. Brumback said a large number of new homes have been approved for the county and that, since pri orities will be granted for houses casting up to $6,000. the construction will be better grade than many for mer defense projects. At the same time he urged that zoning regula tions be relaxed to allow smaller lots in sections available to public sewer systems. The board will consider the matter at another meeting Friday. Capt. Carl R. McIntosh, chief of county police, who asked the board for 100 auxiliary policemen, was di rected to recommend suitable ap pointees to Circuit Judge Walter T. McCarthy, who will make the ap pointments. Likewise, it was sug gested that regulations in effect for regular members of the force might be made more elastic for the auxil iary officers. The board also agreed to pay the bond premium for the additional men. County Agricultural Agent J. E. Beard was voted a leave of absence after he advised the board he has been called to active military serv ice immediately. Mr. Beard holds a commission as a Reserve officer. The supervisors approved an item of $964 in the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year for Japanese beetle control. To this will be added $720 in State funds and $80 from the Federal Government. Maryland Tire Quota For February Is 2,962 BT the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 22—Mary land’s tire quota for February has been set at 2.962 tires and 4.200 tubes, Louis C. Burr, State rationing administrator, said today. January quotas were 4,164 tires and 3,482 tubes. The Montgomery County quota for February is 66 tires and 55 tubes for passenger cars and motorcycles and 75 tires and 129 tubes for trucks. Prince Georges is allowed 52 tires and 44 tubes for passenger cars and motorcycles and 71 tires and 123 tubes for trucks. Blackout Rehearsal At Meade Tomorrow BT the Associated Press. FORT GEORGE G. MEADE. Md., Jan. 22.—A blackout rehearsal will be held at this Army post between 7:10 and 7:30 pjn. tomorrow, the public relations office announced yesterday. The blackout will apply to civilians on the post at the time and no civilians will be permitted to enter the post during the test. Fire sirens will sound an alarm of five series of rising and falling wails of 30 seconds each, with 10-second intervals between series. Maryland Contractor Considers Training Woman Carpenters Special Dispatch to The Star. LEONARDTOWN, Md., Jan. 22.—Meverell Dean, contractor and builder jnd president of the Dean Lumber & Supply Co. of Hollywood, Md., said today he was seriously considering hiring women from 18 to 40 as carpenters. ‘With a foreman and myself to train and supervise a group of about 30 women,” he said, "I believe we can teach them, as we have taught men, to build the barns, cottages and homes I have contracted for. The women would learn the trade in a short time, I am confident.” Ban on U. S. Employes Hits Maryland State Guard and V. P. F. | Nearby Companies Resume Recruiting To Replace Departures Three companies of the 7th Bat- 1 talion of the Maryland State Guard in Montgomery County. Md„ will lose more than 47 officers and men as a result of an order to discharge all Federal Government employes. Lt. Col. E. Brooke Lee, battalion com mander. announced today. The Montgomery County com panies will lose 6 of 11 officers, 9 sergeants, 7 corporals and more than 25 other enlisted men. They will be discharged from Infantry Compan ies C and D and the 2d Separate Company of Engineers. All of these companies had been recruited to full authorized strength of 60 men each. Col. Lee said. More than 50 additional men had trans ferred to the 7th Battalion Reserve. The Reservists had been selected be cause the requirements of their em ployment or business made it prac tical that they be called to active duty only in the event of continued local disturbances. Recruiting to Resume. By reason of the order to dis charge Federal employes, all three companies will resume active re cruiting, Col. Lee declared. Com pany C drills at the Silver Spring Armory each Monday at 8 pm.; Company D at the same hour Tues day. and the engineers company at the same hour Wednesday. In nearby Virginia, the order has | drawn 44 men from Company 112 i in Alexandria and Company 116 in ! Arlington County, of the 11th Bat I talion of the Virginia Protective Force, Maj. Everett A. Hellmuth an i nounced. The Arlington company ! had never been mustered and will | lose 21 of the 50 men it had enlisted ! to organize the unit. In Alexandria the company known as the Alexandria Rifles will be re duced from its full strength of 60 men to 37. Maj. Hellmuth said re placements since have been listed to bring the Alexandria company up to its minimum mustering strength of 40 men. Because the unit has been active for about a year, however, it would not be ordered inactive for several weeks because of the tem porary loss of men. Relieved of Guard Duty. The general membership of the Maryland State Guard is relieved of guard duty at the important bridges and other vital areas designated by the Governor, Col. Lee explained. This is because the first separate battalion of military police of the State Guard has been organized and the men of that unit have been placed on active guard duty at the vital areas at pay ranging from $5 to $6 daily for each man. In asking for enlistments. Col. Lee declared: “The only recruits de sired are men who regard the se riousness of the time as justifying their offer for such service, which would include drill one evening each week and a probable tour of several days' firing practice on the State rifle range as soon as weather permits.” Howard W. Smith, Jr., To Start Army Duty Howard W. Smith, jr„ of Alex andria, attorney and son of Repre sentative Smith, Democrat, of Vir ginia, has received orders to report for duty at Camp Wheeler, Ga., on February 2 as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve. Mr. Smith is a native of Alex andria and has been prominent in civic affairs since he entered the private practice of law in September, 1937. On some occasions he has served as an assistant common wealth’s attorney. Committee to* Discuss Transportation Problem Special Dispatch to The Star. VIENNA, Va., Jan. 22.—A meeting of the Committee for Emergency Transportation of Northern Virginia will be held at 8 o’clock tonight at the home of C. Reed Thomas, sec retary, on Hunter road. The committee is working to have the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad resume the transportation of passengers in view of the tire shortage. Darden Works On Civil Defense Reorganization Municipal Officials Called In to Discuss 'Streamlining' Setup BJ tbe Associated Press. RICHMOND, Jan. 22.—With char acteristic directness. Gov. Colgata W. Darden, jr„ began his first lull day in office today by going straight to the heart of his No. 1 inaugural recommendation — speedy reorgan ization of civilian defense, backed by “full authority’’ of the Common wealth. The Governor called in Virginia’s municipal officials for discussion of his proposal to “streamline the setup and concentrate authority in the hands of those who must direct the program.” Except for routine functions, pres ent civilian defense agencies in the State marked time until the Gover nor could mature his plans and pre sent them to the General Assembly for action. Mr. Darden asked prompt consideration of the subject. Combs Back in Power. E. R, Combs, key figure in the party machine headed by Senator Byrd, was lifted back to the power ful position he held before Gov Price’s regime. Gov. Darden an nounced he would appoint Mr. Combs chairman of the State Com pensation Commission. Another organization stalwart. Col. Peter Saunders, was back in the Capitol as Gov. Darden's execu jtlve secretary after four years spent as a member of the State Motion Picture Censorship Board. Mr. Combs now has approximately the same standing he had up to 1938. except that then he was State controller as well, and now his sec ond job is clerk of the Senate. Gov. Darden yesterday appointed Henry G. Gilmer of Wise State con troller to succeed Col. Le Roy Hodges, resigned. Ralph Wilkins of Ports mouth was named secretary of the I Commonwealth to succeed Raymond L. Jackson of Charlottesville. Legislature Gets to Work. In the Legislature, joint public hearings on the budget have been called by the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees for 3 p.m tomorrow and Monday, and both houses will be in session Saturday to assure quorums for an other joint meeting of the two com mittees. These committees are expected to consider soon a suggestion by Tax i Commissioner C. H. Morrissett for some tax relief for automobile deal ers, whose business is drastically affected by emergency rationing. The tax commissioner said the problem could be solved "by enact ment of a bill measuring the license tax for 1942 by estimated sales in 1942, subject to cbrrection at the end of the year on the basis of true sales. "But for those dealers who have not already paid on their 1941 sales by reason of the fact that their 1941 tax was measured by their 1940 sales, it would be fair and proper to in clude in the basis for 1942 the amount by which the 1941 sales ex ceeded the 1940 sales. ' “The above plan would seem to be fair to all concerned, and if the General Assembly should see fit to give the relief, I am persuaded that it would be the right thing to do.” Two Divorce Suits Filed in Rockville Special Dispatch to The Star. ROCKVILLE. Md.. Jan. 22.—Ron ald H. Vine of Glen Echo has filed suit in Circuit Court for an abso lute dfyorce from Mrs. Margarite L. Vine of Washington. The Vines were married in Washington May 1, 1937, and have no children. In another suit filed here Mrs. Cora Rodano of this county asked for an absolute divorce from Augus tus Samuel Rodano of Washington. They were married January 19, 1937, and have no children. Patton and Russell Wills Are Probated Special Dispatch to The Star. ROCKVILLE. Md.. Jan. 22.—Un der the will of William A. Patton of Takoma Park, which has been ad mitted to probate in Orphans’ Court, his entire estate, the value of which is not revealed, goes to his widow. Mrs. Nola Josephine Patton. Charles T. Clayton is named executor. The will of Lewis H. Russell of Chevy Chase, also admitted to pro bate here, bequeaths his entire estate to his widow, Mrs. Ida Ladd Russell, and names her executrix. The value of the estate is not indicated. Buyer Finds Shortage of (/. S. Flags in Stores Trying to buy an American flag is a big job in itself, H. R. Morris, 4918 Fourteenth street North. Arlington, learned when he set forth to get one in Washington for Cub Scout Pack No. 102, St. Charles' Catholic Church, of which he is the leader. “X first visited several downtown department stores and couldn’t find a single flag," Mr. Morris related. "Thinking in terms of parades and of sporting events. I tried some sporting goods stores, but here again I failed. Neflt I went to a hardware store or two. Still no luck. I finally obtained a 3x5-foot cotton flag in a novelty store. They had nothing in wool left.” Mr. Morris learned from his flag buying experience that stores usu ally stock up on flags before the Fourth of July and other national patriotic occasions and that ap parently the war had not caused stores to lay in a supply at this time of the year. The flag he was able to buy waa presented to the Cub Pack by Tom Crack.