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__—_ Society and General B WASHINGTON, D. C., . FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1942. * B—1 Virginia House Starts Work on Penal Reform BH^I to Establish Corrections Unit Due To Pass Today By the Aseoeiaied Press. RICHMOND, Va.. Jan. 30.— Penal reform, perennial subject of animated but fruitless maneuver ing in recent sessions of the Vir ginia General Assembly, progressed through the legislative mill again today—this time with brighter prospect of passage because of Gov. Darden's support. The bill to establish a Depart ment of Corrections—one of a re lated series of bills sponsored by the Legislative Advisory Council for accomplishing the broad objective —was on the House calendar ready for passage, with no opposition ap parent. This measure would create a five man commission, headed by an ap pointee of the Governor drawing up to S?7,500 a year, to take over all duties of the present Prison Board and similar penal administratives. The commission could establish regional prison farms and prescribe standards for local jails. Other Measures in Committee. Other proposals composing the legislative framework for penal re form were reported likely to come before the Senate Finance Com mittee today, with the possibility that a strong movement might de velop for extensive amendments. The Finance Committee is keep ing a watchful eye on proposed appropriations outside the budget bill. Chairman Aubrey G. Weaver Joined yesterday with Chairman Frank Moore of the House Appro priations Committee In warning that a quarter-million-dollar operat ing deficit might develop during the 1943-44 biennium. While the State will have an estimated $13.000000 surplus next June 30. the budget contemplates holding about $11,000,000 of this in reserve for post-war emergency. This would leave only $2,000,000 of the estimated surplus, and the two chairmen said that only two of many proposed appropriations out side the budget—State aid to coun ties for school bus operations and wartime “bonuses” for State em ployes—would devour the margin, if approved. Liquor Tax Repealer. However, aside from the surplus, but allowing for a loss of $4,200,000 from expected repeal of the 10 per cent liquor-wine tax. estimated cur rent revenues for the general fund aggregate $64*211.850. against bud geted appropraitions of $64 451.428. or $239,578 excess of expenditures over revenues. At the hearing by the House Fi nance Committee, however, which yesterday ended in a unanimously favorable report for the liquor-wine tax repeal bill. Chairman Hunter Miller of the State Liquor Board said stimulation of sales resulting from the repeal would offset the actual loss in returns from the tax. Committees of both houses re ceived a flood of new bills. Five House members yesterday in troduced a measure empowering the State Compensation Board to fix the salaries of county trial justices, as it does for other local officials. The State would bear the full cost of the trial justices’ salaries, now paid in part by the counties, but in return the State would receive most of the fees these courts col lect. _ Administrative Agencies' Curb. A group of five bills entered at the same time would carry out recommendations of the Young Democratic Clubs of Virginia for curbing issuance of rules and regu lations by administrative agencies of the State government. The bills would establish elabo rate checks on such rules and regu lations having the force and effect of law, partly by requiring publica tion of such rules in two proposed periodicals, the “'Virginia State Register" and the "Administrative Code of Virginia," and partly by establishment of a "Commission on Administrative Agencies,” headed by the Speaker of the House and com posed of 10 Delegates and five Sena tors. This commission would have to approve such rules and regula tions, although the State Corpora tion Commission and the Liquor Conirol Board would be specifically exempted from this provision. Another important new House bill, carrying out one of Gov. Darden's recommendations, would divorce the police and licensing functions of the Motor Vehicles Division. j ( Prince Georges Fears Loss of Half of Teachers The rapid rate at which teachers are resigning from schools of Prince Georges County, Md.. has been brought to the attention of the County Federation of Women's Clubs and the League of Women Voters. It was pointed out by principals of schools throughout the county that by this time next year at least hajf of the experienced teachers will have gone into other jobs. The two groups asked in a reso lution adopted at a joint forum at the University of Maryland Wed nesday night that something be done to retain Edward R. Updegraf. print shop teacher of Hyattsville High School, because of his ‘‘most ; valuable” work in instructing pupils and for the extra work he does for , the school. Dr. Sidney B. Hall of George ! Washington University addressed j the groups. -| Agricultural Board to Meet , MANASSAS. Va„ Jan. 30 (Spe cial).—The Prince William County Board of Agriculture will meet at |0 a.m. tomorrow in the Manassas jost office. Neighborhood commit tee men and women will be ap pointed to assist the board with rural improvement work and with 1 agriculture defense programs. > THIRTEEN DIMES FROM SCREEN STAR—Miss Carol Bruce, Universal movie star, believe 13 is a lucky number. At least that is what she claimed yesterday at the Mile o’ Dimes stand when she dropped 13 dimes into the California bottle for the fight against infantile paralysis. —Star Staff Photo. 1 Stanley Orr to Head Red Cross Aid Setup In Prince Georges Mrs. James B. Bentley Announces Chairmen For $20,000 Drive Appointment of Stanley Orr of Rive'dale. Md., to head a greatly ex panded first aid program of the Prince Georges County chapter of the American Red Cross, was an nounced yesterday by J. Raymond Fletcher, chairman. At the same time, Mrs. James B. Bentley, general chairman of the county's Red Cross war fund drive, named 20 district chairmen who will *eek. during the next three weeks, j to ruise S20.000 in the county. Mr. Orr, who has taught first aid in the county for a number of years, will direct a program which Is cur rently about ten times as ambitious as that conducted last year, Mr. Fletcher explained. From Septem ber 1940 to September 1941. 212 per sons received first aid instruction j in the county. Today there are ap proximately 2.000 taking standard and advanced training courses. Mr. Fletcher added that nearly an equal number have applied and are now waiting to receive instruction. Course to Furnish Teachers. Mr. Fletcher said it is hoped that a course for those desiring to be come instructors, scheduled to open February 16. will provide enough qualified teachers to handle the en larged program. Open only to stu dents who have passed both the 20-hour standard and the 10-hour advanced courses, the class will com plete 15 hours of study in one week, it is to be taught by Luther Allison of Red Cross national headquarters in Washington. Mr. Fletcher said. Officials of the chapter expect that the series of classes for pros pective instructors will be attended by about 90 persons. They have not vet selected a meeting place. Mr. Fletcher praised the attitude of physicians in the county who have volunteered their services as first aid instructors for the courses now in progress. He said 12 phvsi- i cians are at present engaged in this work. District Chairmen Named. District chairmen named bv Mrs. Bentley in connection with the county “war fund" drive are: Mrs. G. W. S. Musgrave. Laurel: B. K. Miller. Surratts: Mrs. M. E. Blalock. Aquasco: Mrs. Herndon Peach. Queen Anne; Mrs. Harold Benjamin. Berwyn: Mrs. Robert Cook, Lanham: Mrs. Perry Brown- 1 ing. Riverdale; Mrs. Delores Tax son. Seat Pleasant; Mrs. J. Enos Ray. Chillum: Mrs. Ralph ShefTer, Hyattsville; Mrs. T. Van Clagett, jr.. Marlboro and Melwood' Mrs. Lee Van Horn. Bowie: Mrs. William Roberts. Kent: Mrs. Charles Janes, Oxon Hill: Mrs. Joseph H. Bland ford. jr.. Brandywine; Mrs. Henry i Fuchs Spauldings: Mrs. Henry Clagett. Piscataway: Mrs. John L. Showell. Nottingham: Mrs. John S. White. Bladensburg, and Mrs. Ralph G. Schott, Vansville. The committee hopes to reach its goal of $20,000 for the county within three weeks, but the drive w'ill be extended as long as is necessary to reach the goal. About $3,000 will be turned back to the county bv the Red Cross in the form of local war relief work. $700 Given in Advance. Mrs. Bentley said approximately $700 has been collected in advance contributions to the drive. Dona tions were received, prior to the setting up of machinery for solici tation. at banks throughout the county and at chapter headquarters in Hyattsville. In addition, she said, the Red Cross has been given the proceeds of several benefit card parties and teas. Mrs. Bentley said a tea for the benefit the Red Cross is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Mrs. Ray. Chillum chairman, and that the Hyattsville Women’s Club will sponsor a benefit card party at 7:30 p.m. February 6 at the Hyatts ville High School. Birthday Ball Planned At Silver Spring Tonight The Montgomery County Council, j American Legion, will sponsor its annual President’s ball at the Silver Spring Armory tonight beginning at 10 o’clock. Fifty per cent of the money col lected from the ball and the Mile of Dimes is retained in the county for relief of crippled children. ’ 1 Heavy Day Marks Eve of Closing of Mile o'Dimes Thousands of Dollars * Poured in on Stand By Many Groups Washington’s Mile o’ Dimes cam paign, scheduled to close tomorrow at 6 p.m.. was assured of success today following one of the busiest days at the sSand at Fourteenth street and New York avenue yester day, during which two high-rank ing Government officials together handed in contributions totaling $3,893.49. Largest accumulated contribution came from Jesse Jones. Secretary, of Commerce and Federal Loan ad ministrator, who appeared in a broadcast late yesterday over Sta- ; tion WMAL. The total was $2,321.96. The second large sum came from 1 Seibert E. Gaston, Assistant Sec- j retary of the Treasury, who pre sented $1,571.53 contributed by i "treasury employes. Mr. Jones said $697 came from , Commerce employes, $604 96 from loan agency workers and $1,020 sent him as a result of a recent national broadcast in support of the right on j infantile paralysis. Included in the last category was a large check from Lt. Gen. William S. Knudsen, U. S. A. More From Treasury Forecast. Shane McCarthy, administrative assistant in the Office of Production Management, presented $627.13 vol unteered by O. E. M. personnel. He described each dime contributed to the cause "a silver bullet in the battle against the dread disease." Mr. Gaston pointed out that addi tional funds were expected from Treasury employes. Miss Patricia Morison, Paramount star, who will participate in the President’s birthday observances here today, shared the micro phone with the Government offi cials and gave $1, requesting it be be placed in the California bottle. Another Hollywood luminary' here for the President’s birthday celebra tions made an appearance at the red, white and blue stand at a ; noontime broadcast over WMALj yesterday. She was Carol Bruce, i Universal star, whose last picture was “Keep ’Em Flying.” In drop ping 13 dimes into the California bottle Miss Bruce explained that 13 was her lucky number. Miss Bruce hardly lacked for police protection at the Mile o’ Dimes stand, because appearing on the same program were all precinct 1 captains and lieutenants, headquar- | ters inspectors and detectives and Maj. Edward J. Kelly, police super intendent. Maj. Kelly turned over to officials $150.80 in dimes, which j he said represented 100 per cent participation by the department. I S430 From Veterans’ Administration. ! From employes of the Veterans’ Administration came $430.44, pre sented by. W. C. Black, chief clerk of the Government agency. Five-year-old Bryan Dugan, who attends the Providence Day Nursery, operated by the Sisters of Charity, opened the noon broadcast by describing life at the nursery. At the end of his little speech he asked permission of Announcer Don Fischer to say one thing more. It was; "Happy birthday. Mr. President.” James H. Ferry, vice president and general manager of the Potomac Electric Power Co., presented on behalf of the employes $133. Mrs. H D. Adams, president of the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, turned in $35 which was collected at the last meeting of the group. From Mrs. Philip Latimer of 4614 Eighth street N.W. came $25.50. the proceeds of a benefit bridge1 party given recently in her neighborhood. Other contributions received dur- j ing the day were Casualty Hospital nurses, $16: Arthur Murray Studios, $15; Goodwill Industries, $5.30; Rich's Barber Shop. $5: Master Barbers of America. Local 356. $20: Washington Lions’ Club. $4; Lewis ! Hotel Training School, $7.07; Hebrew Sisters Aid Circle. $5; Southwest Settlement House. $1; Ransdell, Inc., unstated amount; Emergency Hos pital nurses, $13; Hicks Photog raphers. $20; Jemer Club. $10, and Office of Registrar of Wills, $5.35, Schools Go on 6-Day Week HALIFAX, Va., Jan. 30 (£*).—Hal ifax County schools yesterday began operation on a six-day week. The step was taken by the county School Board to permit an earlier closing so that students can help to relieve a farm labor shortage in thUharea. Assembly Gets Retirement Bill For Arlington Measure Affecting Alexandria Project Put on Calendar By a Staff Correspondent of The Star. RICHMOND, Va„ Jan. 30.—Two measures affecting Arlington County and Alexandria are awaiting action by the Virginia Legislature. Delegate Charles R. Fenwick of Arlington introduced a bill to au thorize establishment of a retire ment system for county employes and payment of pensions from county funds, while the Baldwin Louderback bill authorizing life in surance companies to finance hous ing developments was reported fa vorably by the Insurance and Bank ing Committee with amendments and placed on the House calendar. Mr. Fenwick's bill was introduced at the request of the Arlington County Board, which recently went on record in favor of a retirement system for county employes, but took no action pending a thorough study of the cost involved. Board Member Leo Lloyd, who introduced the resolution for a study of the advisability of the system, explained that a pension setup could be in stituted for policemen under pres ent laws, but that authorizing legis lation would be necessary in the case of firemen and employes of other departments. The board voted to seek author ization from the Legislature so that the system could be established without further delay should funds be available during the next two years. An amendment to the Baldwin Louderback bill written in by the Insurance and Banking Committee set a 2.500-family limit on units of any project, or group of projects, within a 10-mile radius of cities of 100.000 or the District of Columbia. The committee over the protests of Delegate R. F. Baldwin, jr., of Norfolk, struck out an emergency clause which would have made the bill effective on passage. Mr. Bald win said the measuft was designed to make possible immediate devel opment of the $7,000,000 garden apartment project planned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for i Alexandria. The amended bill received the support of Delegate Maurice Rosen ! burg, of Alexandria, who reserved i the right to change his position if I amendments were adopted on the j floor; of. the House materially al | terlfiff the measure as it now stands. Farmers Urged to Aid In Scrap Iron Salvage Montgomery County farmers yes terday were urged by Assistant County Agricultural Agent Rufus King to co-operate in the scrap iron salvage campaign conducted by the County Agricultural War Board. Speaking at a meeting of the Pomona Grange at Sandy Spring. Mr. King told the farmers to collect their scrap iron and then notify a dealer who “would give them a fair price for it.” The group appointed Miss Sarah Haviland. master of the Olney Grange, chairman of a special mem bership committee. Other members of the committee are Henry C. Lank, master of the Liberty Grove Grangev and Mrs. Ethel Kirby, of the Ger mantown Grange. Robert H. Miller, jr., master of Pomona Grange, who presided at the meeting, will head the publicity com mittee. He will be assisted by Miss i Pearl Marlow, secretary of Pomona : Grange and Mrs. Kirby. A memorial service for the late B. John Black of Randallstown. past master of the State Grange, was l held under the direction of Walter Wright, Pomona Grange chaplain. Silver Spring Man Wins Engineering Award Dr. Cledo Brunetti, consultant for the National Defense Research Com mittee and radio engineer on de fense research at the Bureau of Standards, re | cently named by . Eta Kappa Nu, i electrical engi | neering society, I as America's out | standing young ; electrical engi neer of 1941. The honor was con ferred at a ban quet in New York City. Dr. Brunetti, assistant p r o - fessor of electri cal engineering at Lehigh Uni Dr. Brnnett. versity, is on leave of absence for work here. He is a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps Reserve. Dr. Brunetti is a resident of Silver Spring, Md. PROPOSED CHURCH—Above is a drawing of a proposed Bethesda Methodist Church, to be located at Huntington parkway and Georgetown road. A drive to obtain $68,000, the amount necessary to complete the first two units' of the sketched plans, begins Sunday. The Rev. Hartwell F. Chand ler is pastor. Chairman of the Finance Committee is A. B. Foster. The architect is Hugh Jones of Bethesda. Survey Shows D. C. Gas Sale Falling as Autos Increase Despite a Jump In the number of autos registered in Washington, mo torists are buying less gasoline from filling stations, according to dealers. During the first two weeks of Jan uary sales were 5 or 6 per cent be low those of 1941, it was revealed in a survey made by Harry Wain wright, research director of the Gasoline Retailers of Washington. Since that time no systematic cal culations have been made, but Mr. Wainwright reports there is every indication that gas consumption has dropped still more. The reason for the cut appears to be a "scare” that tires and auto mobiles cannot be replaced, It was indicated. Some dealers expect this to end when motorists discover that with careful driving and recapping of tires they can use their cars about as usual. Mr. Wainwright believes gas sale reduction is national, except in areas where workers must use cars to reach defense industries. In Bal timore. for instance, filling stations near plane plants are booming, while those in residential districts stand idle. Registration of cars in the Dis trict for the car registration year ending April 1 now stands at 211,227. This compares with 211,089 for the entire 1940 fiscal year, a period more than two months longer. Gov. Darden Appoints Morrissett as State Tax Commissioner Bradford Is Named to Succeed Dr. Egger As Budget Director BT the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Va„ Jan. 30.—Gov. Darden announced yesterday the reappointment of C. H. Morrissett as State tax commisloner, a job he has held under four previous Gov ernors. Mr. Morrissett. who has been In State service since 1919. organized the State Tax Department after his appointment as the first tax commissioner in 1926 and has head ed the department continuously ! since. i HU new term, not subject to con firmation of the General Assembly, is at the pleasure of the Governor. Bradford Budget Director. Earlier yesterday, Gov. Darden ap pointed J. H. Bradford, who like wise has been in employ of the State 6ince 1919. State budget di rector succeeding Dr. Rowland Egger, who resigned effective to morrow. Also like Mr. Marrissett, Mr. Brad ford was first named budget director by Gov. Byrd in 1926 and was reap pointed by Govs. Pollard and Peery, He was replaced in 1939 by Gov. Price, who named Dr. Egger budget director. Mr. Bradford served under Dr. Egger as a section fhief for two years, and then was made “legula tive budget director.” a new posi tion created by the 1940 General Assembly, which gave him a salary equal to Dr. Egger’s. Veto Upeet by Court. The amendment to the 1940 bud get bill creating the office of “legis lative budget director” was vetoed by Gov. Price, but the State Supreme Court ruled the veto invalid. Mr. Bradford said he would re sign as legislative director simul taneously with resumption of his old position and Gov. Darden said he believed the legislative director's title would cease to exist. - Dr. Egger will return to the Uni versity of Virginia, from which he has been on leave as professor of political science. ■.... 1 ... .* Baltimore Income Tax Share $1,565,000 By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Jan. 30—Baltimore city and the counties will receive approximately $1,565,000 as their share of the 1941 State income taa if the levy reaches its estimated yield of $8,440,000. State Controller J. Millard Tawes said yesterday the share of the political subdivisions—25 per cent the tax paid by their resident in dividuals—was expected to exceed the 1940 figure by $315,000. 35,511 Cars Assessed in 1941, Montgomery County Reports By a Staff Correspondent of The .}tar. ROCKVILLE, Md.. Jan. 30.—A total of 35,511 motor vehicles was assessed at $10,039,000 during 1941 in Montgomery County, it was an nounced yesterday by Robert W. Billhimer, county motor vehicle as sessor. The 1941 figures represent a sharp increase over the 29,932 vehicles as sessed during 1940 and is more than double the 14,331 motor vehicles as sessed at $2,797,850 in 1931. It was pointed out, however, that the 1941 assessment figures are not a true* indication of the actual total of care and trucks in the county. It was explained that corporations list their motor vehicles 4n making returns to the State Ta# Commis sion, and the county does not have a record of such vehicles, though it does receive the assessment. Mr. BiUhimer estimated that there are about 500 cars and trucks owned by county corporations. The increase in the county’s pop ulation during the last 20 years is illustrated by the fact that the num ber of motor vehicles assessed in 1941 exceeds the population of Montgomery County in 1920, which was 34,921. The county’s present population is estimated to be in ex cess of 85,000. Mr. BiUhimer said that motor vehicle tax bills would be sent out at the same time that applications for 1942 automobile tags are issued by the State Commissioner of Motor | Vehicles about February 15. I Fredericksburg Police Quell 200 Soldiers With Tear Gas Trouble Starts Over Attempt to Remove One From Hotel B7 the Associated Press. FREDERICKSBURG, Va.. Jan. 30.—A. G. Kendall, city police su perintendent, said tear gas was used last night in dispersing a crowd of about 200 colored soldiers who sought to prevent the removal by police of one of their number from a colored hotel. No one was injured seriously in the melee and the soldiers were loaded into Army trucks and re turned to the A. P. Hill military reservation near here, the superin tendent added. Three policemen went to the hotel after receiving a call from the umn agement, police reported, and the soldiers crowded about two of the policemen who went into the hotel. When the men became unruly, the third officer, left in the cruiser car, put in a radio call to head quarters for help, and about 15 Fredericksburg and State police came to the scene. Police reinforcements were armed with riot equipment, but officials said that other than tear gas. the officers used only night sticks. Sev eral soldiers suffered banged heads, but none required hospital treat ment. The soldiers came to Fredericks burg earlier in the night on brief leave from camp. Use of Maryland Felons On-Farms fo Be Sought By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 30—State prison officials today were drafting a bill for submission to the Legis lature which would permit employ ment of Maryland prisoners on farms during the emergency. Willis R. Jones, director of the Department of Correction, said ap proximately 25 per cent of the prison population—those considered suit able risks for outdoor activity—are at work now on State projects. Numerous requests for use of prison labor in farm work, particu larly during harvesting seasons, have been received, he said. Boy Scout Executive Unit Of Fairfax County Elects Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX, Va„ Jan. 30—Warren N. Watson has been elected presi dent of the Fairfax County District Boy Scout Executive Committee. Other officers of the Executive Committee Include Henry Huschke and R. N. Wrenn, vice chairman; Harold F. Weiler, commissioner; Paul K. Stenger, assistant commis sioner, and Lt. John Weimer and Richard Rule, neighborhood com missioners. Subcommittee chairmen are Ray mond Lynch, organization; Mr. Rule, training; Mr. Watson, camp ing; Dr. William Meyer, health and safety; the Rev. Horace C. Lukens, advancement; James E. Bauserman, finance, and J. W. Biggers, Jr., pub licity. Soil Conservation Held Dependent on War By the Associated Press. Every activity of soil conserva tionists “must now be measured in terms of its contribution to the war effort,” believes Dr. T. B. Symons, Maryland extension service director. More than half of the land in the State is in conservation districts, ready to be utilized in a vigorous program, he told conservation spe cialists meeting at the University of Maryland. The conservationists assembled this morning to conclude their two-day meeting. ' Lee Is Successor To Parran as Head Of Tobacco Growers Maryland Association Completes Building Of 2 Packing Houses By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Jan. 30.— Charles i Carroll Lee, Anne Arundel County farm owner and businessman, has succeeded Thomas Parran of St. Leonard to the presidency of the Maryland Tobacco Growers' Asso ciation. The 84-year-old former president j resigned voluntarily after more than 20 years in office. Mr Parran said he retired because he felt the asso ciation needed the "aggressive energy of a younger man." On talcing office Mr Lee said the association has completed building two tobacco packing houses and farmers' supply stores at Wayson's Corner in Anne Arundel and at Waldorf, Charles County. He re ported a third building under con struction at The Oaks, near Me chanicsville, St. Marys County. Arrangement for Service. Calvert, Anne Arundel and part of Prince Georges Counties will be served by the Wayson's Corner store, part of Prince Georges and Charles bv the Waldorf building, while the third store will serve parts of Charles and St. Marys. He announced this 1942 program for the association: To pack tobacco for members who may not be able to pack their own crops. Transfer buyers, shipping tobacco to the association, also may use the packing houses. Sell tobacco exclusively on the Baltimore market, continuing a 20 year policy. Carry Line of Supplies. Carry a full line of farmers' sup plies in supply stores, thus giving Southern Maryland farmers an organized voice in national affairs if supplies eventually are rationed on a priority basis. Other officers named included T. Newton Gibson, J. Bernard Goodwin and W. W. Bowling, vice presidents: Russell Gross, treasurer, and Thomas W. Jones, secretary. Named to the Board of Directors to serve from the various counties were W^ Harrison <Anne Arundel). A. W. Dowell and W. Oso Ward (Calvert), G. A. Carpenter and X E. Garner (Charles). J. Clifton Abell and Stanley Wilburn (Prince Georges). Andrew Gresko and Ernest Lane (St. Marys) and M O. Day and O. L. Riggs (Upper State). Mr. Parran and Walter B. Posey were made honorary members of the board. Traffic Mishap Injuries Fatal to Two Persons D. C. Traffic Toll Killed in 1942__...10 Killed in same period of 1941 13 Toll for all of 1941__.95 James R. Norfolk. 22, of 1314 Massachusetts avenue S.E. died last night in Casualty Hospital of head injuries suffered in a traffic, acci dent shortly before midnight Tues day at Third and E streets S.W. A second death attributed to traffic injuries came at 7:05 am. today, when Martha Briscoe, 52, col ored, of Bladensburg, Md„ died in Casualty Hospital. Police reported she was admitted December 9 after she was hit by an auto as she crossed Bladensburg road. Mr. Norfolk was riding a motor cycle south on Third street when he collided with a westbound auto driven by Mildred A. Von Glahn, 27, of 2903 Carlton avenue NB„ police said. Another motorcycle mishap sent Forest O. Plumber, 22, 3901 Barnes place SJE., to Garfield Hospital late yesterday. Police reported Mr. Plumber was going south on Ar kansas avenue N.W. when he lost control of his vehicle near Buchan an street. Striking the curb, he was thrown off and knocked un conscious. A passing motorist took him to the hospital. Workers at Dahlgren To Get Flag and Navy 'E' By the Auociated Pres*. A Bureau of Ordnance flag and Navy “E" pennant will be presented tomorrow to the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, Va., for excel lent co-operation with the bureau and efficient conducting of tests. Rear Admiral W. H. P. Blandy, chief of the bureau, will make the presentation. Each employe will re ceive a specially designed lapel but ton bearing the bureau seal, the Navy “E” an dthe name of the ground. '' 20-Cent Taxi Pickup Plan Starts Feb. 9 Trial Period Ordered For Morning and Evening Rush Hours A 20-cent emergency taxicab pick up service, under which as many as four passengers may be carried at a time by one cab during morning and evening rush periods, in taxi zones one and two. will be started February 9, under orders issued late yesterday by the Public Utilities Commission. The plan is to be tried, prior to a formal public utilities proceeding, for 30 days, unless the experimental period is extended by orders of the commission. It applies to the opera tors of some 2,500 cabs in 14 associa tions or companies who so far have signed a petition filed with the com mission for approval of the new sys tem. These are Washington, Pre mier. Bell, Radio, Yellow. Checker, American. Lincoln, Diplomat, Har lem, Senator, Bison, Sun and Gen eral cabs. Other cab owners or drivers mav enter the service, but only on the specific approval of the P. U. C. Definite Hours Set. The "pickup" service is to be oper ated from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except for holidays, and from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, ex cept for holidays. It is to be con fined to zones one and two as defined in the uniform taxicab rates orders of the commission. Each cab when operated in the "pickup" service is required to dis play a sign on the radiator grill or shell reading "Emergency Pickup Service" and no more than one passenger may be carried in the front seat nor more than three in the rear seat. For a trip originating in zone 2 and terminating in zone 1. the rate is to be 20 cents per passenger, dur ing the morning rush period. For a trip originating in zone 1 and terminating in zone 2. the rate is to be 20 cents per passenger during the evening rush period. For a trip confined to either zone and pot crossing a zone boundary the charge is limited to 20 cents per passenger during morning or evening rush pe riods. Others at Normal Rates. For all other trips during the rush hours, the charge is to be at the prevailing normal taxicab zone rates, provided that at all times when a group of two or more persons hire a taxicab together the total fare for such a group of passengers shall not exceed the prevailing rate for such a trip. The first passenger picked up in the emergency service is to de termine the first destination, and so on as to the succeeding passen gers. except that a "later" passen ger may be discharged earlier than his order if his destination lies in the direction of the destination of an "earlier" passenger, the order explains. For a final determination of the plan, the commission has scheduled a formal public hearing at the Dis trict Building for March 5. Civilian Defense Groups Offered Use of 3 Films A Visual Education Committee, headed by James W. Cummings of Chevy Chase, has been established by the Montgomery County Council of Civilian Defense. The committee has three sound motion picture films which are avail able to organizations desiring to show them at meetings. One film shows the methods of combating incendiary bombs, another portravs an air raid on London and the third emphasizes the importance of guard ing military secrets. Alfred Christie of Washington Grove has volunteered his services and equipment, and others who have standard sound movie equipment are urged to lend their machines for shows. Meanwhile, approximately 1.000 precinct and sector air-raid wardens throughout Montgomery County will begin a special course in air-raid protection and precaution work Monday. Two Suits for Divorce Are Filed at Rockville Special Dispatch to The Star. ROCKVILLE. Md.. Jan. 30—Mrs. Rachel Ray Dunne of this county has filed suit here for a limited divorce from Owen Christopher Dunne of Meriden, Conn., and asks to be awarded custody of the couple’s infant child. An absolute divorce from Jake G. Lyons of this county is asked by Mrs. Elizabeth Lyons, also of this county, in another petition filed here. Augusta County Schools Will Open Hour Later By the Associated Press. STAUNTON, Va., Jan. 30—Au gusta County schools will open at 10 a.m. an hour later than usual, when daylight saving time goes into effect February 9. The County School Board, con tending the new time would work a hardship on farm children, whose morning chores are geared to the sun, said the 10 a.m. opening time would last until March 30. Woodside Park Group Indorses Referendum Indorsement of a proposal to Include on the next election ballot the question of adoption of a charter form of government for Montgomery County has been given in a reso lution passed by the Woodside Park (Md.) Civic Association. The charter plan has been recom mended by the Brookings report. The referendum proposal is ex pected to come before the February meeting of the Montgomery County Civic Federation.