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I'M 1 Life Insurance Housing Bill Hearing Called Darden to Look Into Sentiment for Veto In Alexandria By ALEXANDER R. PRESTON, Star Staff Correspondent. RICHMOND, Feb. 28.—A public hearing on a bill which has passed the General Assembly making pos sible the development of a $7,000,000 apartment housing project in Alex andria by the Metropolitan Life In surance Co. of New York, will be held at 10 ajn. Monday by Gov. Darden at his office in the State Capitol. The legislation, designed to ex tend the field of Investments of life Insurance companies to include housing projects, has lain on the Governor’s desk for signing while the Chief Executive has been confined to bed for the past several days with influenza. The legislation was sponsored by Delegates Robert G. Baldwin of Norfolk and C. C. Loud erback of Page County. While the bill was making its way through the General Assembly, the Governor’s office has received num erous letters and telephone calls from Alexandria residents urging veto of the bill. The MetropoUtan Life Insurance Co. proposes to build a project of more than 1,700 apart-, ments in the Beverly Hills section of Alexandria. A bill providing for the incorpora tion of Arlington County as a city, subject to a referendum, was intro duced in the House yesterday by Delegate Charles R. Fenwick. Desig nated House BiU 536, the measure was referred to the Committee on Special Private and Local Legisla tion. It carries an emergency clause. A petition to the ArUngton Circuit Court containing the names of at least 1,000 qualified voters would be necessary to call the referendum. Fight in Prospect. Reports reaching Richmond say opposing movements have been started in Arlington to thrash out the incorporated issue. Mr. Fenwick and Senator William D. Medley issued a joint statement today in which they declared they would take no part in any movement advocating or opposing incorpation. They as serted the only purpose in introduc ing the bill now was to anticipate the possibility that incorporation would become necessary or desirable before the General Assembly again convenes in 1944. The Senate passed two bills by Delegate Maurice D. Rosenberg of Alexandria. One authorizes City Council to establish a permanent annual real estate assessment sys tem and the other would permit the council to be advised by refer enda and to raise council members’ salaries to not more than $1,200 each. The House passed a bill by Sen ator Medley which prohibits the proration of business license fees of $5 or less. Also passed and sent to the Senate was a bill by Delegate Elliot Camp bell of Caroline County authorizing the State Highway Commission to purchase the James Madison Bridge across the Rappahannock River, which serves a link in the north south traffic by-pass around Wash ington, D. C. Liquor Tax Bill Offered. With only 15 days remaining for consideration of a mass of bills, the House yesterday received one by Robert Whitehead of Nelson and 16 other Delegates to impose a 5 per cent tax on liquor and wine. Mr. Whitehead, pointing out that the Legislature had just repealed the 1940 10 per cent tax. estimated to yield about $4,200,000 for the biennium, said the 17-patron bill should yield $2,100,000 and balance the budget as to current expendi tures and revenues, as Gov. Darden has insisted. The Senate yesterday passed 20 bills, mostly of a minor nature. One, however, extended the Work men’s Compensation Act to employ ers with seven or more employes, thus carrying out another of Gov. Darden’s inaugural proposals, though in modified form. The bill, pre viously passed by the House, is ready for the Governor’s signature. When the House convenes today It will have up for passage the following measures: A bill by Dele gate Thomas B. Wolfe of Scott County, amended by Delegate Robert J. McCandlish, jr., of Fair fax County, authorizing the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to re ceive a salary of from $600 to $1,200 annually instead of $300 each, as at present. Other Bills Up. A bill by Mr. Fenwick and others to regulate the use of cleaning fluids in dry cleaning industries. A bill by Delegate H. B. Davis of Princess Anne County and Mr. Fen wick requiring interstate operators of airlines to pay taxes on fuel com mensurate with the mileage flown over this State. • A bill by Delegate Samuel D. Rodgers of Petersburg, amended by Mr. McCandlish so as to raise from $15 to $25 the annual State appro priation to the Confederate Ridge Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, for tending Confed erate graves at Centerville In Fair ' fax County. A bill by Delegate E. R. Conner of Manassas amending the town chap ter of Occoquan which permits the issuance of city license tags. A bill by Mr. McCandlish authorizing the Fairfax County Board of Supervi sors to require building permits for all construction projects valued at $500 or more; the fees for which would cost from 50 cents to $5. A bill by Mr. Fenwick and Dele gate John B. Spiers of Radford pro viding eight annual medical scholar ships to persons who agree to serve as county doctors or hospital interns after graduation. Game Law Action Delayed. The Senate yesterday postponed action on a bill designed to recodify the game and inland fish laws of the State. The Senate Finance Committee reported the bill of Senator Medley permitting persons receiving salaries for active service in the armed forces of the United States to deduct $500 from gross income tax purposes before exemptions are calculated. The House Courts of Justice Com mittee killed, 9 to 3, a bill by Mr. Fenwick providing for a commission (This is the 13th in a series of sketches to appear in The Star each Saturday.) VIRGINIA APPROACH TO GEORGETOWN—A motorist driving north on the George Washington Memorial Parkway will see, framed in branches, the spires of Georgetown University beyond the arches of Key Bridge. One day, It is planned, this riverside road will extend along the Potomac to Great Falls. Georgetown University, sketched here in afternoon sunlight and shadow by Helen Gatch Durston, is the oldest Catholic college in America. Its first building was erected the year before the birth of the United States Constitution on a site chosen by John Carroll, first Archbishop of Baltimore. He preferred the Potomac bluffs to the hill which later became the building place for the Capitol. The latter was considered “too far in the country.” Since 1805 the institution has been directed by the Fathers of the Society of Jesbs, and in 1833 the Holy See empowered it to confer degrees in philosophy and theology. Its reliquary con tains the bones of St. Vincentius, a Spanish martyr of the 4th century, and of St. Aelius and St. Theophilus, two Roman soldiers—sent to America by papal order. Its library holds Mark Twain’s longhand manuscript of “Tom Sawyer.” The reinforced concrete bridge, which each day bears a tremendous burden of Washington Virginia traffic, was erected by Army engineers in 1923, under direction of Col. W. L. Fiske. It is a memorial to Francis Scott Key, a lawyer who lived for 20 years near its far end, at 3518 M street N.W., where the author of “The Star Spangled Banner” fathered 11 children. to revise and recodify the General Statutes of Virginia and report at the 1944 session of the General As sembly. This bill is the duplicate of another measure introduced by Sen ator Medley and Senator Hunsdon ! Cary of Henrico County. Among the ! indorsers of the Fenwick bill were Guy Hazelgrove, president of the Virginia Bar Association; Gordon Bohannon of Petersburg, former president of the bar association: Judge Thomas W. Ozlin, member of the State Corporation Commission, and Ralph T. Catterall, president of the Richmond Bar Association. The same committee unanimously reported another bill by Mr. Fenwick authorizing patent attorneys and agents who have practiced before the United States Patent Office in Washington to continue such prac tice before the branch of the office now located in Richmond, upon the payment of a $15 license fee. Limits Practice. A committee amendment was added to provide that the $15 fee would not authorize such persons to practice anything other than the patent law. Such fees would not be required of persons already licensed as attor neys at law in Virginia. Among the bills signed by the Governor yesterday were three measures by Senators William A. Wright of Tappahannock, Aubrey G. Weaver of Front Royal and Rob ert O. Norris of Lively. One bill permits the State Highway Com mission to construct new roads or convert existing highways into “limited access” roads. This meas ure was requested by the Public Roads Administration and would make possible the construction of an express highway around Alexan dria from Arlington to Occoquan as an alternate U. S. Route 1. Another bill by the same three patrons authorizes the State High way Commission to enter into agreements with the P. R. A. with respect to the uniform marking of roads. The third bill provides that if or when gasoline tax receipts fall below the amount of 1931, Arlington and two other counties shall receive pro portionately less tax refunds. Under old law, the maximum tax rebate for Arlington and the other two counties was set at the 1931 amount. Montgomery Women Hear Dr. Francis J. Brown This country has the largest edu cational program within its armed services in history, particularly in the fields of mechanics, medicine, engineering and chemistry, Dr. Francis J. Brown of the American Council on Education told the Montgomery County League of Women Voters at a luncheon meet ing yesterday at the Woodside Church. In a talk on the petition which soon is to be circulated in connec tion with the controversy on county government, Mrs. Ralph Himstead of Chevy Chase explained that if 10,000 signatures are obtained, the question of a charter board must be placed on the November ballot. “Do not think you are petitioning for a change of government at the next election,” Mrs. Himstead said. “You are simply petitioning for a chance to name a charter board if you desire it." Mrs. Himstead is chairman of the Maryland State League Department of Government and its Operations. Mrs. Clarence N. Smith, chairman of the Department of Government and Education, was in charge of the program. OLDEST TANK SOLDIER RETIRES—Master Sergt. Her man M. Brown, oldest man from point of service in the Army’s oldest tank unit, the 66th Armored Regiment of the 2d Armored Division, is re tiring today at Fort Benning, Ga. Sergt. Brown, who spent 20 of his 34 years in the serv ice at Fort Meade, Md., will join his wife and five children at their home in Purdum, Md. —2d Armored Division Photo. Rene J. Probst Funeral Monday Funeral services ' for Rene J. Probst, 50. of 726 Thayer avenue. Silver Spring, will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday at St. Michael’s Cath olic Church, Silver Spring, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Probst, who was a salesman for the Capitol Products Co., died suddenly Thursday while visiting relatives in Washington. A native of Brooklyn, N. Y., he developed several communities near Babylon, Long Island. Mr. Probst was a member of St. Michael’s Church and of the Holy Name Society. He came to Wash ington six years ago. Besides his widow, Mrs. Mae Probst, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Olga Crowley of Lyndon, N. J. Cargo of Goats Exceeds Worry Of Auto Repairs Dennis Duvall, Georgetown garage proprietor, doesn’t object to the nor mal niceties of his business, but in the future he will draw the line at being host to a family of goats for a week. A feminine customer pulled into his garage driving an expensive car. “Look this car over and fix up tho& spark plugs.” she said. “Keep it overnight, I’ll be back in the morn ing. And if those goats get hungry please feed ’em. There’s some milk in the back of the car,” she said. Duvall looked in. He saw three young goats sequestered in the rear seat of the car. He fed them that night from mUk bottles. But the customer didn’t come back for a week. “Yeah, we fed those goats,” said Duvall. “We went out and bought milk for them every day. The woman (I didn’t know her name) came back a week later and drove away. She didn’t make any comment except to thank me for feeding the animals. But they ate up about $35 worth of expensive up holstery from the seats.” Intensive Training Assured Maryland Reserve Militia Site in Montgomery Sought to Establish One of Rifle Ranges By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Feb. 28.—The pro gram for Maryland's new reserve militia calls for intensive training of recruits in the handling of fire arms and for wide use of rifle ranges in the State, Gov. O'Conor said yes terday. Gov. O'Conor said War Depart ment officials expressed approval of the program and indicated that Army engineers might be available to lay out additional rifle ranges. Sites Sought for Ranges. An investigation is being made to locate ranges in Montgomery County. Southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, he added. Militia men from Western Mary land will use the rifle range at Camp Ritchie with State Guards men, who are expected to be quar tered at the camp over week ends in the near future. The rifle range on Gunpowder River also will be used, the Governor declared. Maryland’s more than 60,000 li censed gunners would form the nucleus of the new reserve militia, formation of which was announced last week, Gov. O'Conor said. At the same time, the chief execu tive reported these facts about the organization of the new unit: The militia will not be uniformed; Instruction in rifle operation and other military phases will be pro vided by military authorities; 'The members of the militia are not expected to be called for service outside of their home communities; Voluntary Organization. Units will be organized on a strictly voluntary basis, with prefer ence being given to men who own rifles, shotguns and other firearms, and There will be no limits on the size of the organization. Gov. O’Conor said details of the organization had been formulated by Maj. Gen. Milton Reckord, com manding officer of the third corps area, with headquarters in Balti more. Application forms are now being drawn up by Adjt. Gen. Francis Petrott and Brig. Gen. Dwight W. Mohr of the State Guard, the chief executive said. Man Convicted of Assault Is Sentenced to Be Hanged Prank Haywood, 32, colored, con victed Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Upper Marlboro, Md„ on a charge of criminal assault on a 17-year-old Washington girl, was sentenced yes terday by Judge Charles C. Mar bury to be hanged. Haywood told the jury, which de liberated only 35 minutes, that he was innocent. The girl and soldier testified, however, that Haywood forced them to drive their car from near College Park to a sand pit, where he tied the soldier’s wrists and attacked the girl. He later robbed the soldier of $37. Haywood was caught in January during an attempted robbery of a Riverdale (Md.) home. At the police station it was noticed that a button missing on his sweater was similar to one found in the soldier’s ear. Plan to Salvage Non-Protective O.C.D. Work Hit Byrd Against Shifts, Favoring Abolition Of Unrelated Activity By J. A. OXEAKT. Chairman Byrd of the Joint Con gressional Economy Committee to day declared his belief that divi sions of the Office of Civilian De fense not related to protective measures should be abolished out right. "I am’ utterly opposed to the mere transfer of those activities to some other branch of the Government,” said the Virginia Democrat, com menting on the testimony yester day of Director James M. Landis that the physical fitness division of O. C. D.. subject of recent con troversy, will soon be shifted to the office of health, defense and welfare of the Federal Security Agency. Senator Byrd, who adjourned the hearings yesterday afternoon to give Mr. Landis 30 days to complete a reorganization now in progress, said the committee will invite Mr. Landis to come in at that time and outline the changes made. Near the close of yesterday’s ses sion several committee members asked Mr. Landis to submit further information on specUic subjects later on. Travel Expense Data Asked. Senator McKellar, Democrat, of Tennessee asked for a detailed re port on payments O. C. D. has made for traveling expenses. The Sen ator said he found recently that one Government agency, which he did not name, had spent $2,500,000 for traveling expenses In a year. Mr. Landis told the committee the total allotment made to O. C. D. thus far for administrative expenses Is $931,000. Of that amount, he said, $435,000 was allotted for travel, but to date only $126,000 has been spent for that purpose. Chairman Byrd asked for a tabu lation of the cost of O. C. D. pub licity functions, and Senator Tyd ings, Democrat, of Maryland, re quested Mr. Landis to submit a brief summing up the arguments for and against placing a military man at the head of the O. C. D. The Maryland Senator, author of a bill to transfer the agency to the War Department, said he does not favor turning air-raid defense over to Army officers all down the line, but believes an Army man should direct the program to be carried out by local civilian volunteers in event of raids. Landis Asks for 6 Weeks. To sustain his contention. Senator Tydings said O. C. D. has had to go to various technical branches of the Army and the Public Health Serv ice for preparation of the pamphlets it has distributed on what to do in case of a raid. i Mr. Landis suggested he be given ! six weeks to complete the reorgan ! ization, but said he would be glad to return after 30 days and tell the committee what had been done up to that time. Questioned by Senator Byrd as to what changes would be made be sides transferring the physical fit ness section to another place in the Government, Mr. Landis said the Youth Section may be abolished. Asked by Senator Byrd about the future of the racial relations sec tion, Mr. Landis said he was hesi tant about abolishing that, indicat ing he thought it performed a help ful function. Senator Byrd and Representative Taber. Republican, of New York con tended all citizens should be ap proached as Americans rather than | racial groups, in defense work, and I argued that if a racial relations sec | tlon is to be maintained for the colored population the O. C. D„ to be consistent, should establish sim ilar sections for the Poles, Italians and other groups. Cites Use in Other Fields. Before leaving the stand Mr. Landis said he did not want to leave the committee under the illusion that, in discussing reorganization, the agency would be limited solely to protective work against bombing. Pointing out that there are 9,000 local defense councils, Mr. Landis suggested they could be of service in carrying out national policies con nected with the war effort. To il lustrate, he cited the campaign to salvage paper and metals as a func tion in which they might co-operate. Senator McKellar questioned the authority of O. C. D. to join in the salvage campaign, but Mr. Landis juoted language from the President’s order creating the civilian defense agency which, he said, covered such a defense effort by the civilian pop ulation. The Tennessee Senator said he felt it was his duty as a member of the Appropriations Committee to submit the O. C. D. set-up to Con troller General Warren, who passes on the validity of Government ex penditures. Earlier in the hearing Senator McKellar clashed verbally with Mr. Landis over the effect * of the ban recently adopted by Congress against use of any part of the new $100,000,000 O. C. D. fund for physical fitness activities or for instruction in dancing or theatrical entertainment. Mr. Landis pointed out that limitation applied only to the $100,000,000 in that bill, nearly all of which is fqr purchase of gas masks and other air raid equipment, whereas O. C. D. gets its general operating expenses by allotment from the President’s funds for the Office of Emergency Man agement. Agree on Legal Interpretation. Senator McKellar later agreed that Mr. Landis was “entirely right” in the legal interpretation of the ban, but added that O. C. D. was violating the purpose of Congress. “We follow the law,” Mr. Landis replied. Chairman Byrd and Senator Ty dings both indicated to Mr. Landis they were not criticizing him for what may have been done by O. C. D. before he became director a short time ago, but were thinking only of what should be done now. Senator Tydings described how Charles County in Southern Mary land, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Washington, has organ ized an air raid protective force of 2,000 volunteers out of a total popu lation of 17,000, and raised a $5,000 defense fund among themselves. They receive no pay and want none, the Senator said, but they become | disturbed when “they read about, dancing and an arts council.” LT COM DR W. L. WRIGHT. LT. COMDR. E. B. MCKINNEY. LT. COMDR. G. C. SMITH. LT. W. G. CHAPPLE. LT. J. C. DEMPSEY. LT. COMDR. KENNETH C. HURD. AWARDED NAVY CROSS—Submarine commanders operating in the Southwest Pacific area who have been awarded the Navy Cross tor operations against the enemy are shown above. —A. P. Photos. ■ , ■ ■■■■ A - Lf. Comdr. Mumma Among Seven Officers Awarded Navy Cross Family in Maryland Learns of Citation During Gathering Relatives of Lt. Comdr. Morton C. Mumma, jr.. In nearby Maryland and Virginia today were receiving congratulations on the announce ment that Comdr. Mumma is among seven officers awarded the Navy Cross for “especially meritorious conduct during actions with the enemy in the Far East.” Mrs. Mumma was with her hus band's family at the Burnt Mills HiUs (Md.) home of her father and mother-in-law, Col. and Mrs. Morton C. Mumma, sr„ when news came that LT. COMDR. MORTON C. MUMMA, Jr. her husband was one of seven United States submarine command ers who had been awarded the dec oration. Also at the gathering were Comdr. Mumma's brother. Lt. Comdr. Albert G. Mumma of Arlington; Mrs. Sara Harral. sister of the hero, and the two Mumma children, Morton C„ 3d, 15. and Ann, 12. “I’m perfectly thrilled. In fact, I’m almost speechless,” Mrs. Mumma said today. Classmates at Annapolis. Details of the achievements for which the medal was awarded were not ytet available, according to the Navy Department. Mrs. Mumma said that she knew well three of the six other officers awarded the Navy Cross as they had been classmates of Comdr. Mumma at Annapolis in 1925 and had been among his closest friends for more than 20 years. They are Lt. Comdrs. Chester Carl Smith. Kenneth Hurd and William Leslie Wright. Others cited were Lt. Comdr. E. B. McKinney, Eugene, Oreg.; Lt. J. C. Dempsey, Germantown, Pa., and Lt. W. G. Chappie, Billings, Mont. * Mrs. Mumma, who now lives with her husband’s parents in their Burnt Mills Hills home, returned to this country in January from Hono lulu. She said she was in California when the Jap* raided Pearl, Harbor. She is a native of Berryville, Va. Typical Service Family. "My husband’s family is a typical service one, I guess,” she said. “His sister, Mrs. Harral. is living with me while her husband, Lt. Brooks Har ral, is on foreign duty in command of a submarine. And in addition to Lt. Comdr. Mumma, my husband has another brother, Capt. George E. Mumma, who Is a captain in* the United States Army.” Col. Mumma, sr., is retired from the Army and is now employed in the War Production Board as a dollar-a-year man, she added. Lt. Comdr. Mumma was bom in Manila, Philippine Islands, August 4, 1904. He attended high school in Iowa City, Iowa, and Western High School here, and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1921. While in the Academy he became captain of the rifle team and after graduation became a member of the Navy rifle teams, which participated in matches in 1925, 1926 and 1927. He was coach and representative of the Naval Academy rifle teams from .1932 to 1935. Snb Skipper Since 1940. He had served on the U. 8. S. Colorado and the U. S. S. Marcus as well as with submarines at New London, Conn.; at Portsmouth, N. H., and in the Canal Zone. He has been in command of a submarine since 1940. Lt. Comdr. Wright, a native of Texas, also was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1921. He has served on the staff of the com mander of the submarine force of the United States Fleet and has been in command of a submarine since May, 1940. Lt. Commander Hurd graduated from the Naval Academy in 1925, attended the submarine school at New London and in June, 1931, re turned to the Naval Academy for post-graduate work in marine engi neering. He has been in command of a submarine since June, 1940. Lt. McKinney was manager of the 3,000 Square Miles Area Blacked Out; Test '99 Pel. Perfect' Baltimore and Jersey Coastal Regions Darkened For 15 Minutes B» th« Associated Pres*. BALTIMORE. Md., Feb. 28.—Two vital Atlantic Coast areas totaling more than 3.000 square miles blacked out In tests last night, and the official verdict termed both of them close to perfection. The word for Baltimore and 2,261 square miles of surrounding terri tory along the western shore of Chesapeake Bay from the Penn sylvania State line to the suburbs of Washington was “99 9-10 per cent perfect." That was the opinion of Col. Henry H. Barrett, chief of air-raid precautions for Maryland. The verdict for a 1,000-square mile coastal area In New Jersey, pronounced by Arthur N. Beadleton, civil defense co-ordinator who watched from an airplane, was “a 99 per cent plus success.” Few Lights Spotted. Discounting navigation and dan ger signals, which were left aglow, Mr. Beadleton said he spotted only five lights in the whole Jersey area, which included three military posts and more than 60 municipalities. There was one fatality: A dairy farmer was killed in a collision while en route to his emergency police post. The Baltimore blackout covered a vital industrial area in which live 1,400,000 persons, more than two thirds of Maryland's entire popu lation. The Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant and a dozen or more other important plants engaged in war production were exempt from the blackout which, like that in New Jersey, lasted 15 minutes. Gas Lamps Big Problem. Baltimore’s 17,000 gas street lamps, which had to be put out by hand, presented one of the biggest problems. Air-raid wardens and citizens alike co-operated to per form this task, but at least one lamp will have to be replaced. An unidentified woman tele phoned police five minutes after the sirens sounded to tell them the faulty lamp wouldn't turn off. As the man at the desk listened, he heard over the telephone a crash and tinkle of falling glass. “Never mind,” said the woman, "some one just put it out with a brick.” Mrs. Iva Gates Rites Set for This Afternoon Funeral services for Mrs. Iva R. Gates, 73, resident of Takoma Park. Md., since 1902, were to be held this afternoon at the Takoma Fu neral Home, 254 Carroll street, Takoma Park, D. C., with burial in Washington Memorial Park. Mrs. Gates, who was a native of White Hall, Mich., died Thursday after a short illness. She was the widow of Robert Fulton Gates, a former sheriff of Prince Georges County. ‘Surviving are two sons, Harold F. of Takoma Park and Harry B. Gates of Washington. Wife Seeks Divorce ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 28 (Spe cial).—Herbert T. Jackson of Co lumbia, S. C.. is named defendant in a suit for an absolute divorce filed in the Circuit Court here by Mrs. Virginia Stoddard Jackson of this county, who charges desertion. Naval Academy baseball team in his senior year. After instruction in submarines he became assistant shop superintendent at the Mare Island Navy Yard and has served also in the office of the Judge Ad vocate General in the Navy Depart ment. He completed a post-gradu ate course in law at the George Washington University „ Lt. Dempsey Maryland NaUve. Lt. Dempsey was born in East port, Md., and entered the Naval Academy in 1927. He later returned to the Academy as assistant boxing coach during the season of 1934. In 1938 39 he was at the post graduate school at Annapolis for a course in general line duties and resumed the command of a submarine after that. Lt. Chappie was appointed to the Naval Academy from Montana in 1926. Following submarine instruc tion he served in the Asiatic Fleet and returned to the Naval Academy in July, 1935. He has been in com mand of a submarine since Novem ber, 1940. Lt. Comdr. Smith was born in Bis bee, Aria., in February, 1905 and en tered the Naval Academy in 1921. After completing a post-graduate engineering course at the Naval Academy and at the University of California, Comdr. Smith served with the submarine division at Pearl Harbor. He has been com manding officer of a submarine since 1929 and has received the Yangtze Sftjdce Medal for duty in China. Fairfax Board Votes Budget Of $199,240 # $31,000 County Levy Increase May Mean Higher Tax Rate Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX, Vs., Feb. 38.—A tenta tive budget for the coming fiscal year showing an approximate in crease of $31,000 In the county levy fund has been approved by the Fairfax County Board of Super visors. The proposed budget, on which a public hearing will be held in April, calls for expenditures of *199.340.37 under the county level for the next fiscal period, compared with appro priations of *168,512.93 under the current budget, it has been an nounced by Mrs. Edna Bicksler, act ing county purchasing agent. Adoption of the budget as it is now composed might mean differ ences in district tax rates varying from a reduction of 2 cents to an increase of 6 cents, although rates cannot be determined until the itemization i* placed in it* final form. For the county levy the possible rate would be 41 cents under the tentative figures, while the preaent budget requires 36 cents. Again this year the budget contemplates no ad ditional levy for pensions, and the fire rate is set at six cents, the amount now in effect. Assessment Figure Up. An additional levy of one cent is promised to provide funds for the general assessment of real estate in 1944. The supervisors felt It would be easier to raise the necessary re assessment fund gradually rather than make a larger levy for one or two years. The four districts having special bonded indebtedness for roads will get a reduction in the rates neces sary to care for this liability. In Providence District, where the re maining balance of the road debt is due to be paid off at the end of this year, it will not be necessary to levy a tax for road bonds this year, though eight cents was the figure in 1941. Falls Church district will see a drop from 45 cents to 38 cents for its road levy, DranesviUe district will have a drop from $1.05 to *1.02 and Mount Vernon a reduction from 8 to 7 cents. The other two districts—Centre vllle and Lee—have no bonded in debtedness for roads. Referendum Possible. To raise the necessary school rev enue from local sources the Board of Supervisors will levy a $1 rate for operations and 25 cents for debts, the maximum permissible under present law without holding a refer endum on a possible 25-cent increase for administration. Division Supt. W. T. Woodson stated school officials were com pelled to pare the school budget to the lowest possible figure in order to make it balance, and as it now stands it anticipates additional State aid in the form of funds for school bus transportation. Should the bill now before the General Assembly to assist counties in the matter of transportation fail to pass the school budget might have to be revised. Probably affording some relief to school officials is a proposed bill that would allow different rates in vari ous districts. The Board of Super visors, on the recommendation of the County School Board, at their last meeting adopted a resolution ask ing Delegate Robert J. McCandlish, jr„ to introduce such a measure. Trial Judge Bill Means Loss. Under the general county budget, officials fear the county might loss approximately $10,000 in revenue next year if the General Assembly passes a bill now before it placing trial Justices under the State Com pensation Board. It was said the loss might even exceed this figure if trial justice revenues continue to show the same increase. With the exception of a new item of $8,815 set up in the proposed budget for civilian defense, an $8,000 boost in the police budget, and $2,000 under poor relief for hospitalisation, other items show only nominal jumps resulting from the increase In population. The tentative police budget pro vides for two additional policemen, and certain salary increases under the scale in effect in the department. Principal sources of revenue under the proposed budget follow: State supplements, including capi tation taxes returned, trial justice appropriations, share of alcoholic beverage control profits and excess fees, $25,200; delinguent taxes. $6400; land redemptions. $2,000: vending machine and dance hall licenses, $2,500; transfer fees, $1,500; from trial Justice court, $15,000; county fines, $1,500, and miscellaneous, $275. The amount to be raised by the current levy on the tentative esti mate is $108,383.83. Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Rose Smith Special Dispatch to The Star. GAITHERSBURG, Md.. Feb. 38 — Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Zetta Smith, 86, widow of Henry E. Smith, who died here Wednesday, were held this morning at the funeral home of W. Reuben Pumphrey, Bethesda. Burial was in the Hermon Presby terian Church cemetery, near Cabin John. Mrs. Smith was born in nearby Virginia and had lived in Mont gomery County nearly 70 years, most of the time in the Cabin John area. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Stroller, 74, Beats Off Two Bandits Vf ith Cane A spirited 74-year-okl man last night matched his cane against a gun—and won. Walter Gleason, 1815 Monroe street N.W., told police he was strolling near his home when two colored men came up behind him. One of the thugs stuck a gun In his back and announced, "This is a holdup,” while the other man started "frisking" h'im for his wallet. Mr. Gleason whirled on the gun man and started beating him with his cane. Both men fled empty handed and Mr. Gleason continued his stroll.