Sole Use of Kramer
As School Demanded
At Mass Meeting
Priorities to Permit
Early Completion of
Use of the Stephen Kramer Junior
High School In Anacostia by any
Government agency was opposed at
a m&ss meeting of approximately
500 persons last night at the Ana
costia Jumor-Senior High School.
In adopting a formal protesting
resolution, to be sent to the Dis
trict Commissioners, school authori
ties and the War Production Board,
the 11 associations of the South
east Council of Citizens' Associa
tions were joined by the District
Parent-Teacher Association, the
Bradbury Heights Garden Club and
the Southeast Businessmen's Coun
The citizens’ associations jointly
Urged the War Production Board to
grant priorities which would per
mit the early completion of the
building for use as a school.
Lawson J. Cantrell, assistant su
perintendent of schools in charge
of junior high schools, the principal
speaker, warned that if the Kramer
Building were not used as a school,
the education of Anacostia children
would suffer and that the over
crowded conditions in schools might
jeopardize the health of students.
The speaker declaVed that if the
Kramer School is devoted to edu
cation when completed, “the over
flow of students from Anacostia
High School will be In excess of the
estimated capacity of Kramer.” He
pointed out that the Kramer School
is designed to hold 1.100 students,
and that if it were opened tomorrow
that many students now at the Ana
costia School would be ready for
The meeting was presided over by
William J. Smith, president of the
Southeast Council, which includes
the Anacostia, Bradbury Heights,
Congress Heights, Fort Davis, Hill
crest, Lincoln Park, North Randle
Highlands, Randle Highlands,
Southeast Washington, Summit
Park and Washington Highlands
Mr. Smith said the situation would
be aggravated next September, when
he predicted 500 additional students
would be ready for the junior high
The action last night follows close
ly on the heels of the meeting of the
Board of Education on Wednesday
at which it voted unanimously to
seek the finishing of the already 19
per cent complete building for its
original purpose. It asked the War
Production Board to give it priority
British Fleet Reported
Refueling at Gibraltar
By the Aseoeieted Press.
BERLIN (From German Broad
casts' Feb. 13 — D. N. B. broadcast a
report today from Spain that “strong
units of the British fleet arrived in
Gibraltar and left in the direction of
the Mediterranean after taking fuel
and provisions on board."
An aircraft carrier and two cruis
ers were among the warships, the
Wright Plant Union
Head Quits to Join C. 1.0.
By the Associated Pres*.
PATERSON. N. J.. Feb. 13.—The
C. I. O., which had been organizing
quietly at the five plant* of the huge
Wright Aeronautical Corp. In the
Passaic Valley, today had the al
legiance of three top officers and 10
executive council members of the in
dependent Wright Aeronautical Em
The independent union had been
recognized as bargaining agent by
the Wright concern for its 22,000 air
craft engine employes, but the C. I.
O. United Automobile Workers of
America, aircraft division, charged
in a petition with the National Labor
Relations Board recently that the
association was company-dominated
and asked for a bargaining election.
James G. McCloskey, sr., president
of the independent union, at a spe
cial meeting of the council of his
organization yesterday announced
the decision to Join the C. I. O.
“I would rather be an honest
rank-and-file member of an honest
union like the U. A. W.-C. I. O. than
the president of the biggest inde
pendent union In America," he said.
Then with Vice President Thomas
Hunter, assistant treasurer Michael
Fedyn and seven committee mem
bers, fie notified the council they
felt “the best interests of the Wright
workers can best be served by Im
mediate affiliation with the C. I. O.
Plane Sows Grass Seed
On Texas Cattle Ranch
By the Assodeted Press.
* ABILENE. Tex. — Sowing grass
seed by airplane is the latest wrinkle
out on the ranch.
Jack Frost and Roy Arledge, busy
with a range Improvement program,
hired a pilot to scatter grass seed
and Italian rye over their cattle
The plane carries 300 pounds of
seed on each trip and sows it in
about 10 minutes. With ideal condi
tions. the pilot scatters around 12,
000 pounds a day.
Dr. Quintanilla Speaks
At Bar Luncheon
The histroy of Pan-Americanism
from the days of Simon Bolivar, the
South American emancipator, up to
the recent Rio de Janeiro conference
was traced by Dr. Don Luis Quin
tanilla, counselor of the Mexican
Embassy, at the regular luncheon
meeting of the Federal Bar Associa
tion at the Hotel Harrington yester
Dr. Quintanilla was accompanied
to the luncheon by JEugenio Anxo
rena, third secretary of the Mexican
The association will present Col.
Heber Rice, past president, with a
key medal at ceremonies to be
broadcast from the studios of WINX
at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow, it was an
nounced at the luncheon.
Collier Calls Indians
Most Generous Patriots
ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex., Feb. 13.
—Indian Commissioner John Collier
said today Indians are volunteering
in the Nation's war effort more gen
erously than any other population
group in proportion to their num
He added that tribesmen not only
were entering military service in
unprecedented numbers, but were
contributing on a similar scale to
other phases of the war effort, in
cluding investment of tribal funds
in defense bonds.
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