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Partial Answer In Barracks Arlington Cantonment Building Advanced as Worker Dormitory The National Capital Park and Planning Commisson believes t has found in the abandoned soldiers' barracks at Arlington Cantonment a partial substitute for President Roosevelt’s plan to house war work ers in temporary dormitories on the Mall. The Arlington barracks can ac commodate 1,000 persons as com fortably as the kind of dormitories Mr. Roosevelt suggested for the Mall, it was agreed, and have been vacant since the men were trans ferred to Fort Myer. It developed before the Federal planners adjourned their monthly sessions late yesterday that they had on tap some 40 available sites in the Washington area, many of which are more suitable than the Mall for temporary housing. The Arlington site and some others, per haps, will be submitted for the ap proval of John Blandford, director of the National Housing Agency, and W. E. Reynolds, commissioner of the Public Building Administra tion. Soldiers' Home Suggested. Sections of the Soldiers' Home grounds, the National Training School for Boys, the newly acquired tract in Suitland, Md , and some of the grounds of Galludet College were among those suggested as suit able for housing. Before it adjourned the commis sion approved a compromise pro posal by which it favored giving the Washington Navy Yard a per mit to use 35 acres of Anacostia Park for the duration of the war only. That approval, however, does not definitely settle the matter. Secretary of the Interior Ickes and the National Park Service have the final say and it was not known whether they would agree to this use of the park area for the erec tion of a training school for 1,400 men as the Navy Yard proposes. The area in question is now occu pied by an Army recreation camp for colored soldiers. The Navy Yard had sought a per manent transfer of 70 acres, all the area below the Eleventh Street Bridge to the point reserved for bridging the Anacostia River to South Capitol street. The Planning Commission, however, refused to sanction the demand for fear it would lead eventually to removal of the District and United States Bo tanic Garden nurseries in the ex treme southern portion of the area. May Get Recreation Facilities. One inducement that led to approval of the transfer of the camp site is the chance that after the war the Navy Yard would relinquish to the National Capital Parks the rec reation facilities it plans to erect in the area. Members of the commission visited some of the 40 sites singled out by J. C. Nichols, another member, to make a study of those deemed suit able for housing and new Federal office buildings. Chairman Frederic A. Delano accompanied them. The Arlington site was advanced after the commission had found three primary objections to using the Mall for temporary dormitories. These objections were: 1. Inadequacy of space provided by the center panel of the Mali, which nets no more than 10 acres of land. 2. Danger to occupants of inflam able buildings in the event of air raids on the Capital. 3. The Mall was said to be one of the hottest spots in Washington during the summer. Pictured as "Ideal Target.” The planners are vigorously op posed to cluttering the Mall with more buildings, regardless of the need, because they contend a con centration there would provide an Ideal target for bombs. New office structures already have been reared ! in sections of the Mall and these. ' too. have no protection from air raids. At Arlington, it was said. 1.000 workers could be housed in barracks within a few hundred yards of both the new War Department Building and the Navy Building already erected there. It would be conven ient and would entail little expense to accommodate workers in these barracks. The barracks have two floors with running water for wash rooms. President Roosevelt sug gested a somewhat similar arrange ment for the proposed dormitories on the Mall. The commission approved an ex tension of the Fort Reno Reservoir to supply the needs of the growing population in that area. Plans were submitted by the United States Engineers’ Office and the water would be furnished only to civilians. Jury Indicts Housewife In Atlanta Trunk Killing By the Associated Presi. ATLANTA, March 21.—Mrs. Minnie Lee Griffin was indicted yes terday in the trunk murder of at tractive Mildred Seymour Williams, 22-year-old shoe store salesgirl. The Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury acted less than 48 hours after the body of Mrs. Williams was found crammed into an old automo bile trunk in the basement of the Griffin home where it had reposed for almost four months. Earlier, a coroner's verdict held that Mrs. Williams came to her death through wounds inflicted by Mrs. Griffin. The grand jury also had before it a signed confession produced by Detective Supt. J. A. McKibben in which the 46-year-old housewife admitted the slaying. Police said Mrs. Griffin, who ad mitted faking Mrs. Williams dur ing an agreement, was suffering from the thought that the salesgirl was breaking up the home of her married daughter. No evidence to that effect has been found, investi gating officers said. Guests to Preach The Rev. J. Wesley Loftis of Silver Spring, Md„ will preach at 11 am. and J. H. Fox, ministerial student at George Washington University, will apeak at 7:45 p.m. in the absence of the Rev U. S. Knox, at the Falls Church Columbia Baptist Church. r » • 1 A ifo*. rhtys.ft* l . t (This is the 16th in a series of sketches to appear in The Star each Saturday.) ST. MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL—The magnificent green-blue copper dome of St. Matthew's, dominating much of Northwest Washington, seems to have been created to crown a cathedral. Actually, the church became so elevated less than two years ago, at the authorization of Pope Pius XII. Designed by Grant La Farge in the style of early church architecture in Northern Italy, its construction began in 1893. The congregation moved to this location on Rhode Island near Connecticut avenue N.W. from a church at Fifteenth and H streets, whose cornerstone was laid on a rainy day in 1838. When the first church was dedicated a newspaper reporter wrote that ' an eloquent and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Moriarty of Philadelphia, which we regret we had not the opportunity of hearing, owing to the extreme pres sure of the immense multitude.” The old downtown church was removed in 1910 for erection of the Southern Building. The cathedral's archbishop is the Most Rev. Michael J. Curley; its pastor is Msgr. Edward L. Buckey, who has tended its congregation sincd his ordination in 1901. The church name honors not only the apostle but also Father William Matthews of St. Patrick's, first native Maryland priest to be ordained and prominent in 19th-century Washington. Helen Gatch Durston has portrayed here the external sim plicity of St. Matthew’s. Inside, light entering through trans lucent windows reveals structural piers and arcades supporting an impressive vaulted ceiling. Walls are decorated with bright mosaic and are faced with Italian marbles of varying textures. A white altar set with intarsia gleams behind a delicate ala baster rail. Cab Drivers Accused Of Overcharging Face Prosecution House Member Claims He Paid 80 Cents For 40-Cent Ride Disclosing that the Public Utilities Commission has been receiving "very many" complaints of overcharging by taxicab drivers. Chairman Greg ory Hankin announced late yester day the commission has asked Corporation Counsel Richmond B. Keech to institute legal proceedings in two cases. The complainant in one of the cases is Representative Sheridan. Democrat, of Pennsylvania, who ac cused Cab Driver Harold B. Strick land of charging him 80 cents for a 40-cent ride February 19. The driver now faces a possible $200 fine and loss of his license. Mr. Strickland picked up the Pennsylvanian and a companion at Tenth street and Pennsylvania ave nue N.W., drove to 128 D street S W., where the companion got out, then to 322 Second street N.E., where Mr. Sheridan lives. Sheridan Protests Charge. Mr. Sheridan said he protested when the driver said the fare was 80 cents and asked to see his identi fication card. The driver at first re fused, but when Mr. Sheridan iden tified himself, Mr. Strickland offered to return part of the fare, the Rep resentative told the Utilities Com mission. Mr. Strickland later testified at a hearing before Chairman Hankin that he had charged 80 cents be cause Mr. Sheridan had kept him waiting for 14 minutes while he talked with his companion. Mr. Sheridan said the waiting time was not more than two minutes. The commission asked Mr. Keech to prosecute the driver to the full penalty of the law and also in structed Mr. Rankin to refer the case to the Board of Revocation and Review. Stop to Practice Demanded In the other case, the corporation counsel was requested to prosecute Maxwell Marks, operator, and/or Paul E. Wertenbe, driver, of Dia mond Cab. No. 253 for allegedly overcharging several passengers. Mr. Hankin said the driver picked up four persons in the second zone, carried them to destinations in the first zone and charged each the full rate of 40 cents. Mr. Hankin said the charge should have been 90 cents. Mr. Hankin declared the practice of overcharging “must be stopped.” "Unfortunately, many newcomers and visitors to Washington are not acquainted with the schedule of fares and are easy victims of un scrupulous cab drivers,” he added. 'Defense Stamp Dance' At M. U. Nets $373 A total of $373.40 in Defense stamps was purchased by 934 Uni versity of Maryland students at a “Defense stamp dance” at the uni versity gym-armory last night under the auspices of the Student Govern ment Association. Postmaster Egbert Tingley of Hyattsville, a university graduate, said his office furnished the stamps, which were the admission ticket, and supervised their sale. For a Stronger America— Majority of Pupils in Capital Found to Have Dental Defects Corrective Program for Junior And Senior Highs Would Cost $25,000 (No. 7 of a Series ) By JOHN W. THOMPSON. Jr. More than two-thirds of the boys and girls in the junior high schools have dental defects. More than three-fourths of the boys and girls in the senior high schools are similarly affected. One-fifth of the District men rejected by the Army for physical reasons were rejected for dental defects. This can add up to only one conclusion—the immediate need for the Health Departments pro-4 posed dental program for the junior j and senior high schools. It would cost about $25,000. Data on the junior and senior high school students were disclosed today by Dr. A. Harry Ostrow, di- j rector of the Health Department's dental services, after completing the first dental survey ever made here of the two educational levels. Ex aminations were given to 37,239 students. Only a Little Care Needed. In the junior highs 67.4 per cent of the students had defects. The average number of defects per stu dent was about eight. In the senior highs, the per cent with defects was 78.2, with the number of defects per student between eight and nine. Decay, according to Dr. Ostrow, was far the most numerous defect noted, although a number of mouth infections were found. "And only a little care is neces sary to meet this situation,” he ob served. The Health Department is already operating a dental program in the elementary schools, inspecting the children annually and giving fre quent talks on care of teeth and oral hygiene. It has even used a puppet show, financed by the two local dental societies, to put across points to youngsters. Uneconomic System. The way the department rea<Js the figures of the junior and senior high school survey, the program in the elementary schools carries over for a year or so in the minds of the pupils when they enter the junior highs. This, the department con tends, is probably why there are fewer defects in the junior high group. The longer they are separat ed from the program, however, the more numerous the defects. •‘In other words we ought to have a continuing program,” said Dr. Daniel Seckinger, the assistant health officer. Dr. Ostrow pointed out that it was uneconomic to work so thor oughly with the boys and girls up to the sixth grade and then drop them. As in the case of the school medi cal examinations, the dental ex aminers do not diagnose or pre scribe treatment. They note defects and refer to private dentists. Only the underprivileged children are provided corrective service. $9,000 Equipment Jfeeded. Specifically what the department wants is four dentists, part time, and six dental hygienists with about $9,000 worth of equipment to do the school job. Already in the Southwest Health Center dental clinic patients who have been rejected by the Army for bad teeth and who can’t afford to pay for treatment are being re habilitated, Dr. Ostrow said. If the financial support is given, he added, the department definitely can control dental defects. The request to expand Dr. Ostrow's program was. however, dis allowed recently by the Commis sioners and it is not carried in the 1943 budget now before Congress. Nine Clinics Operating There are nine clinics in elemen tary schools throughout the city in which Dr. Ostrow's staff of 23 dent ists and 11 dental hygienists do their work. These are at the Bell, Second and D streets S.W.; Bu chanan, Fourteenth and E streets S. E.; Curtis, Thirty-second and O streets N.W.; Gage, Second and U streets N.W.; Peabody, Fifth and C streets N.E.; Raymond, Tenth and Spring streets N.W.; Sumner, Seventeenth and M streets N.W.: Terrell Junior High, First and M streets N.W., and Thomson, Twelfth and L streets N.W. A small private clinic for children is operated at Children’s Hospital and some senior high school stu dents are cared for there. Dr. Ostrow’s survey showed schools in the northeast and south east as the sources of most dental defects. Benjamin T. Gault Dies; Famed Ornithologist By the Associated Presa. CHICAGO, March 21—Benjamin T. Gault, 83, internationally known ornithologist and naturalist, died yesterday at his home in suburban Glen Ellyn. He was regarded as one of the Nation's foremost authorities on bird lore. Ewing's Prosecutors To Be Heard Today in Fight on New Trial Defense Counsel Charges Unfair Tactics in Assault Conviction Arguments on a motion for a new trial for Orman W. Ewing, con victed of criminally assaulting a 20-vear-old Government worker, < were to continue in District Court today after aefense counsel charged at the opening of the hearing yes terday that the prosecution had made a "concerted effort” to convict the defendant regardless of error. James J. Laughlin, newly engaged defense attorney, told Justice James W. Morris that there were numer ous examples of "unfairness” on the part of the prosecution, assert edly demonstrating a plan that per sisted throughout the trial. 30-Year .sentence rossioie. Ewing was convicted of attacking the young woman, a former resident of Utah, at 1101 Sixteenth street N.W. last October. The jury in the case did not elect to add "with the death penalty" to its verdict, as it. may do. Ewing now faces a pos sible maximum sentence of 30 years. Mr. Laughlin called "fatally preju dicial" to his client the testimony given by the complainant's mother regarding a conversation she had with Miss Hester Chamberlin, a deiense witness, shortly after the alleged offense. The mother, under questioning by the prosecution, had answered in the affirmative as to whether Miss Chamberlin had ex pressed the belief Ewing was guilty. Mr. Laughlin charged that the pros ecutor, Assistant United States At torney John Fihelly. “had put the words in the witness’ mouth.” New Evidence Claimed. Mr. Laughlin also urged a new trial on "new evidence”—made pub lic March 10 in affidavits filed at the court by Raymond Hager and Kenneth H. Miller. They charged that Robert Payne, the complain ant’s boy friend, had approached them with a proposition that indi cated a “shakedown" of Ewing by getting him in a compromising po sition. Mr. Laughlin was to complete I his argument and the prosecution was to give its side today. Natalie Sutherland, 21, Greeted By Father and MacArthur To the daughter he hasn't seen since a year before war was declared, Maj. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland, Gen. MacArthur's chief of staff, sent a birthday cable this week. Sharing the cabled greeting with him was Gen. MacArthur himself. The cable came to Miss Natalie Sutherland and her mother at the Kennedy-Warren Apartments in time for Miss Sutherland's 21st birthday anniversary Thursday. It was filed Thursday, just two days after mother and daughter had read in the newspapers that Gen. Sutherland was safe in Australia with his commander. The cable, sent by Lt. Gen. George H. Brett, read: •‘Happy 21st birthday for Natalie and love for both of you. Dick and MacArthur." It was the first word Mrs. Suther land and her daughter had heard directly from Gen. Sutherland since Christmas. Miss Sutherland, who has been at tending the Corcoran School of Ari for three years, lived at Holton Arms School until her mother was com pelled to leave the Philippines in May and returned here to be with her daughter. Gen. Sutherland was stationed here for five years, most of the time on the general staff, and left in 1936. Spring Officially Here; Rain Forecast Today Spring arrived at 2.11 a.m. today and you may enjoy it until 9.17 pm., June 21. The mercury stood at 47.4 degrees here at the season’s advent. During the day it will rise to the 60s. to the accompaniment of rain, according to the Weather Bureau. Churches Asked To Make Plans For Blackouts Notice From Bolles Cites Desire for Normal Services Col. Lemuel Bolles, civilian de fense director here, yesterday called on the churches of Washington to1 prepare permanent blackout facili-1 ties so that, in the event of test blackouts or actual air raids, re ligious services may proceed in a normal manner. In Identical letters sent to repre sentatives of the Protestant, Catho lic and Jewish faiths, Col. Bolles said Civilian Defense Co-ordinator John Russell Young desires to avoid interference with religious services in all periods of training and prep aration for air raids and blackouts insofar as it is possible. He asked the church leaders to advise him of any special religious observances being planned in the immediate future “in order that in sofar as in lies within his (the co ordinator) control, these religious observances may proceed without interruption.” “It should be understood, how ever,” Col. Bolles added, “that tests or actual raids may occur at any time and that under these circum stances assembled congregations should be prepared to exercise wise provisions for their own safety." The defense director urged that pastors direct preparation of per manent blackout facilities for their churches The letters were sent to the Rev. William Sweeney of St. Gabriel’s Church, who has been designated by Archbishop Michael J. Curley to represent the Catholic clergy on all civilian defense matters; Dr. Worth Tippy, acting executive secretary of the Washington Federation of Churches. and Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld. designated to repre sent the Jewish clergy. Maritime Commission To Shift 200 Workers Approximately 200 Maritime Com mission employes will be moved out of Washington, beginning April 1. to four newly-established regional offices. The employes affected will be from the construction division, the technical division's hull approval section and the audit control sec tion of the finance division. The offices are to be located at Baltimore. Chicago. San Francisco and New Orleans, which were de scribed as the central points for the four great shipbuilding areas in the commission's program. The decentralization plan was de scribed as necessary in order to speed up the work, and to save con siderable time now involved in cor respondence between Washington and the shipping plants. The re-1 gional offices will have full author ity to make decisions in various construction matters without refer ring them to Washington. Although the movement is to be gin bv April 1. Rear Admiral How ard L. Vickery, vice chairman of the commission, said that all em ployes selected would be expected to go. and none would be given clearance for transfer to other agencies here. Employes to be moved, it was said, would be key personnel. Other personnel to brine the staff in each office to about 400 employes will be recruited from the areas in which the new offices are to be located. U. S. Workers in Virginia Urged to 'Eliminate' Smith Addressing a mass meeting under auspices of the C. I. O. United Fed eral Workers. Sidney Katz, secre tary of the Maryland and District of Columbia Industrial Union Coun cil. last night called on Government workers living in nearby Virginia to "eliminate'’ Representative Smith. Democrat, in the forthcoming elec tion. Mr. Smith is co-author of the Smith-Vinson bill to suspend the overtime provisions of the 40-hour week and bar the closed shop in war industries. "We know that there are limita tions on Government workers in the Hatch Act,” Mr. Katz said, "but Government workers have the right to vote, and they should feel it is a patriotic duty to exercise it against Congressman Smith. His re actionary political machine has re tained him in office long enough. Its symbol is the poll tax and the denial of democracy. We must pledge to eliminate him.” The meeting was held in South Interior auditorium for a discussion of Federal employe problems in re lation to the war effort. Eleanor Nelson, national secre tary-treasurer of the U. F. W., said steps were being taken to set up management-labor committees in war industries to speed production and that such an arrangement was even more necessary in Federal service. President Much Opposed To Ending Youth Agencies By the Associated P ess. President Roosevelt was described by a White House secretary today as very much opposed to abolishing the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Youth Administration. The Chief Executive arranged to confer during the day witn Sena tor McKellar, Democrat, of Tennes see, author of a bill to eliminate these agencies in the interest of economy. Stephen T. Early, the President’s press secretary, told reporters that Mr. Roosevelt regarded the C. C. C. and N. Y. A. as “perfectly essential wartime services.” The President, he added, felt the N. Y. A. was doing a valuable serv ice in the training of men in skilled trades, and that the C. C. C. was accomplishing essential work in ad dition to protecting the Nation's for ests against fires. More than 100,000 people In Eire were licensed to drive motorcars this year. Apron Disguise Fails to Save Suspect A colored housebreaking suspect surprised in a restaurant by police the other night failed to talk his way out of his predicament by apol ogizing for not being able to serve the officers with sandwiches. Policemen J. A. Jones and E. H. Winter of No. 2 precinct said they found the suspect in a cafe in the 1500 block of Seventh street N.W. The man must have heard them coming, for he had on an apron, the officers said, and pretended he was glad to see them. The policemen were not misled by appearances. They arrested the man, who gave his name as Bevarly j T. Rice, 23, of the 600 block of M street N.W. Arrested later and held with Rice was Leon H. Christian, 29. colored! 1200 block of New Jer sey avenue N.W. Both men waived preliminary hearing in Police Court yesterday and were held for the grand jury. Several other housebreaking charges against the defendants will be pre sented directly to the grand jury, police said. Religious Instruction In Schools Opposed , By Trade Board Unit Week-Day Classes, Backed by Three Faiths, Rejected by H-to-lOVote Reaffirming the position taken by the Washington Board of Trade in 1940 on the question of religious education in District schools, the Public Schools Committee of the board, at a luncheon meeting yes terday, recorded its opposition to the proposal for religious instruction, during regular hours, in Washing ton public schools. It took this action in voting down a motion, presented by Dr Herbert J. Garner, asking that it indorse the program of the Inter-faith Com mittee on Week-Day Religious Edu cation for religious instruction in District schools. George E Keneipp. chairman of the board's Public Schools Commit tee. presided at yesterday's meeting, held at the Harrington Hotel. Guests included the following mem bers of the Board of Education: Mrs. Henry Grattan Doyle, presi dent: Robert A. Maurer, vice presi dent: Mrs. Philip Sidney Smith. C. Meivin Sharpe and Dr. James A Gannon. Supported by Three Faiths. In urging that the committee ap prove the plan for week-day re ligious instruction in the District schools. Dr. Garner pointed out that the program had the support of the three major religious groups in Washington—Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. “The purpose of education is to produce well-rounded, responsible citizens.’’ he said. Praising the achievements and the work of pub lic schools, he expressed the view that religion is not receiving suf ficient emphasis in the training of vouth. The church, he explained, was to blame for this deficiency, rather than the home. A spirited discussoin preceded the vote on Dr Garner's motion, which was offered as a substitute for a motion presented earlier by Maj. Gen. Amos A. Fries, chairman of the Subcommittee on Curriculum, which proposed that the committee re affirm the 1940 action of the Board of Trade on this matter. Movft, to Shift Responsibility. R G. Steinmeyer expressed the view that the plan for religious in struction in school hours was a move bv the church to shift its re sponsibility for the religious train ing of youth to the Board of Edu cation. The proposal was described by Charles H Bates as an “insidious and dangerous attempt to bring re ligion into the Government. ’ Following the rejection of Dr. Gar ner's motion by a vote of 11 to 10. the committee approved the original motion offered by Gen. Fries, calling for the reaffirmation of the stand taken by the board two years ago against religious instruction in school hours. In expressing his opposition to the proposal for weekday religious education. Gen. Fries declared that its adoption would tend to raise the question of religious distinction among school children. “It strikes at the home,” he declared. Repair Funds Insufficient. In a report. Henry Thompson, chairman of the subcommittee on school buildings and costs, asserted that Congress, for a number of years had failed to make sufficient appro priations to provide proper repairs for public schools in the District. “So confirmed • has this policy be come that school officials find it much easier to obtain funds to build a new building than to get money to repair an old one,” he said in his report. In 1929. he pointed out. Congress appropriated $529,610 for repairs and improvements to school build ings and grounds, whereas for 1942 it had appropriated but $510,000 for this purpose. The subcommittee recommended that certain repair jobs might be let out. with advantage, to outside con tractors. It also suggested that greater efficiency might be obtained if engineers and other custodial em ployes were instructed to make minor repairs. "This would not only be a material saving to the taxpayers of the District in the cost of these re pairs, but would possibly reduce their necessity as it would have a tendency to make custodial employes more careful in the protection of these buildings,” the report stated. Chairman Keneipp directed the attention of the committee to the recent series of articles in The Star on physical fitness in District schools. The committee approved a motion referring these articles, for its study and consideration, to the Subcommittee on Recreation. Thyssen Steelworks Hard Hit by R. A. F. By tbe Associated Press. LONDON, March 21.—The Thyssen steelworks were bombed by a small number of planes during the R. A. F. raid on the Ruhr Valley’s industrial centers on March 9, the Air Ministry news service disclosed yesterday. Large fires were started in the plant, one of the most important in the Ruhr Valley. Virginia Plans Superhighway To Occoquan Road to Be Part of New Nearby Federal Network Acting under the terms of the superhighway bill passed by the recent General Assembly, the Vir ginia State Highway Commission yesterday authorized construction of a 17-mile double lane highway from a point just south of the Arlington Memorial Bridge to Occo quan Creek, the Associated Presa reported from Richmond. The highway, intended to facili tate movement of heavy traffic in Northern Virginia, will connect with the network of roads which will sur round the new War Department Building in Arlington and will by pass Alexandria. Seventy-five per cent of the cost of the new road is expected to be borne by the Public Roads Admin istration of the Federal Works Agency, which will collaborate in its construction. Memorial to Shirley. The new road will be known as "The Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway” in honor of the late State highway commissioner, who died last year. Work on the highway will require from 18 months to two years. Sur veys on the project have been under way for the last six months. The route has practically been decided upon. The first limited-access or super highway to be built in Virginia, the highway will consist of two 24-foot - wide concrete traffic lanes separated by a grass dividing strip 20 or 30 feet wide. All intersecting roads and railroads will be crossed with structures separating grades. Northbound traffic on the high way will use the present U. S. Route No. 1 bridge over Occoquan Creek. Another bridge now being built by the Highway Department and scheduled for completion with in two months will serve southbound . traffic. Hill Relieve Congestion. The new highway will relieve the increasing congestion on Northern Virginia roads brought about by construction of the War Depart ment building and the expansion of Fort Belvoir. Yesterday's action was taken at the Highway Commission's first meeting since the bill permitting construction of limited-access high ways was passed by the Assembly and signed by Gov. Darden. Retired U. S. Worker Killed by Streetcar D. C. Traffic Toll Killed in 1942 _ 29 Killed in same period of 1941 18 Toll for all of 1941 _95 A 68-year-old retired Government worker died in Emergency Hospital last night shortly after he was struck by a streetcar in the 1800 block of Columbia road N.W. He was the 29th victim of the year compared with 18 on the same date of 1941. Police said the victim. Martin McDevitt, 1863 Mintwood place N.W.. was hit by the car as he at tempted to cross the street and was hurled several feet. Forrest C. Canard, 37. of 1713 Trinidad avenue N.W.. was listed by police as the operator of the street car. Five persons were injured, at least three critically, in a head-on collision between two automobiles on U. S. Route No. 1 several miles south of Alexandria, Va., shortly before midnight. The victims, all of Alexandria, were Harry L. Holt. 44. R. F. D. No. 2. and Mrs. Holt. 22: Hubert Blair, 26, of 1319 King street and Mrs. Blair, 21, and Willard J. Mears, 33, R. F. D. No. 1. They were taken to Alexandria Hospital by a passing taxicab. Mrs. Blair suffered a skull injury and her husband severe face wounds and a possible fracture of the spine. Mrs. Holt suffered possible leg and pelvis fractures, while her husband and Mr. Mears were cut and bruised. Mrs Mary A. Thomas, mother of Mrs. Blair, said she understood her daughter and son-in-law were riding with Mr. and Mrs. Holt and that Mr. Mears was the driver of the other car. Ambrose Armstrong. 21, of 1316 Kenilworth avenue N.W. was ad mitted to Casualty Hospital last night following an automobile acci dent on River road, near Bladens burg, Md. He was treated for in juries to the right leg and abrasions. Suicide Verdict Issued In U. S. Worker's Death A certificate of suicide was issued today in the death of William H. White. 27-year-old social security employe, found on the kitchen floor in his apartment at 1643 C street N.E. late yesterday with all gas jets of the stove open. Police said a sign on the door of the kitchen read, “Do not turn on lights—gas." Mrs. White, a State Department employe, was absent at the time. She said her husband had been de spondent over an examination he was required to take in connection with his work. Dismissed Policemen Lose Appeal in Court Former Police Detective Sergts. Hubert E. Brodie and Leo Murray yesterday lost their fight in District Court to have set aside the findings of a trial board dismissing them from the force in 1940. Justice Matthew F. McGuire dis missed their petition pointing out that the District Commissioners had affirmed the trial board’s findings and that the law provides that the Commissioners’ decision shall be “final and conclusive." Brodie and Murray, veteran offi cers, were accused of accepting a bribe from an alleged bookmaker and numbers operator.