Washington and Vicinity
Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C„ TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1942.
Tax Cut Here
Reserve Fund Rises
To 28 Millions as
With the reserve fund of the Dis
trict Unemployment Compensation
eystem still mounting out of propor
tion to benefit payments, Represent
ative McGehee, Democrat, of Missis
sippi has Introduced a new draft of
a pending bill to rewrite the law and
adopt a sliding-scale tax formula.
The new draft retains the same
tax schedule used in the bill in
troduced last August, but the
maximum benefit is changed from
$18 to $20 for 20 weeks. Another
change exempts real estate agents
on the same basis as insurance
agents. The earlier bill is still await
The reserve fund under the
present law. with the payroll tax at
2.7 per cent, has risen to $28,000,000,
as against benefit payments drawn
out for the first half of this year of
only $655,000. according to John A.
Marshall, executive officer of the
commission. While these payments
were being made, Mr. Marshall said,
the reserve fund increased $3,500,000
The tax schedule in the new bill
provides that when the surplus is
four times the highest claim year
in the last 10 years, the rate would
go down to per cent; when the
reserve fund is only three times the
highest claim year, lvi per cent;
when it is twice the highest claim
year, 2 per cent, and when it went
below that point the 2.7 per cent
rate would be restored.
The District's highest claim year
was 1941, with $2,130,000 paid out,
ao that under the pending bill the
District could go down to the
minimum rate for a number of
Arlington Board Starts
Reclassifying 3-A Men
Reclassification of registrants
from 3-A to 1-A was started today
by Arlington Selective Service Board
No. 2. it was announced by board
Although the board s July quota
Is almost triple any previous month
ly requirement, board officials said
they did not expect too much diffi
culty in reaching their goal. Out
of approximately 5,000 registrants,
they said, almost 3,000 are classi
fied 3-A. Many of these are mar
ried men whose wives are working
and are capable of maintaining
O. W. Menk was named a new
member of Board No. 2 to fill the
vacancy caused by the resignation of
Chairman Walter K. Handy because
of illness. J. Byron Brooks, who
has been acting chairman, is now
St. Michael's School
Awards 7 Diplomas
LEONARDTOWN, Md„ June 9 —
The Rev. E. A. Kerr, pastor of the
St. Michael’s Parochial High School
at Ridge, has announced that di
plomas have been given to seven
George Robert Aud, Mary Rose
Combs, Agnes Rosalie Franck,
Michael Edward Hammett, Dorothy
Marie Raley, William Guyther
Swann and Lucy E. Lorraine Wood.
Scholarship awards were made to
Mary Combs, Agnes Frank, Laura
Lumpkins, Rosalie Bean, Anne Aud,
Mary Hill and Lucy Wood.
Fairfax Has Election
With No Candidates
And Blank Ballots
Special DUpatch to The Star.
FAIRFAX, Va., June 9.—The
Fairfax town election today was
practically a blank. There were
no candidates, the ballots were
blank paper and there had been
only one voter at the polls fcVr
hours after they opened.
A mayor and six new town
council members are supposed
to be chosen, but no one filed
and none of the incumbents are
Voters must write in their
choices and then make checks
or crosses in front of those
names to make their ballots
valid. The polls will close at
Montgomery Citizens Award
Star Cup to Allen H. Gardner
Of Brookings Report
Allen H. Gardner of Woodside
Park last night was named by the
Montgomery County (Md.) Civic
Federation to receive The Star
Trophy for “outstanding contribu
tion toward the betterment of Mont
gomery County” during the last
The selection was made at the
federation's last meeting before re
cessing for the summer following
unanimous approval of a report sub
mitted by a special committee head
ed by Richard H. Akers, vice
president of the federation. Mr.
Gardner will receive the award at
the federation's annual banquet at
7:30 pjn. tomorrow at the Brooks
Farm Tea House, Chevy Chase.
An attorney with offices in Wash
ington, Mr. Gardner headed the
civic group’s Brookings Study Com
mittee, which sponsored a county
wide series of meetings last year to
discuss the Brookings Institution
report on the county government.
He also was instrumental in obtain
ing passage of a resolution by the
federation about five months ago
approving circulation of a petition
among county voters favoring estab
lishment of a charter form of gov
The meeting also was marked by
election of officers, with Joseph B.
Matre being re-elected unanimously
as president. Other officers named,
also unanimously, were: Mr. Akers,
Walter C. De Groot, recording secre
tary; William B. Horne, treasurer,
and Walter Pritchard, historian.
Mrs. PGad B. Morehouse was named
corresponding secretary to succeed
George E. Bond.
Mr. Gardner, James B. King, pres
ident of the Montgomery County
Farm Bureau; Judge Carey E. Quinn
and Dean J. Locke were chosen
members of the Executive Commit
tee. The first three named were
re-elected while Mr. Locke was
named to succeed Clarence N. Smith.
Establishment of bus service from
the District line out Massachusetts
avenue, River road and Bradley
boulevard to Potomac and Carderock
and out Piney Branch road to Hil
landale was urged by the federa
tion in a resolution presented by
Samuel E. Stonebraker, chairman of
the Public Utilities Committee.
Mr. Stonebraker pointed out that
a questionnaire he circulated among
nearby county residents concerning
transportation needs showed more
than 1.900 persons now have no pub
lic transportation. Many of these,
he said, are forced to walk between
2 and 4 miles to a bus to get to work.
Teachers’ Pay Rise Sought.
The federation also approved a
resolution offered by Dwight M. Col
lins, chairman of the Schools Com
mittee, proposing pay increases for
county school teachers.
Mr. Collins proposed that teach
ers' salaries start at $1,300 a year
instead of $1,200 as at present and
that they increase to *1,500 a year
during the second year of ex
perience. From the third year on
automatic average salary increases
would be $150 a year instead of the
present $75 increase. The average
annual salary increase for teachers
receiving $2,400 a year would re
main at $75 as at present.
Approval also was given a resolu
tion presented by Stuart M. Arm
strong, urging that the cost of new
school construction in defense hous
ing areas in the county be borne by
the Federal Government.
He also requested the county
commissioners to authorize the use
of idle county road machinery to
improve school playgrounds.
A program which called on the
commissioners to exercise ‘‘rigid”
economy” in considering the 1943
county budget was indorsed by the
Other recommendations in the
program, which was offered by C.
Stephen Duvall, jr., chairman of the
Budget Committee, included one
urging the commissioners to set
aside a definite fund for civilian
defense expenses instead of provid
ing for such expenses in a con
tingent fund, as proposed tentatively
in the budget at present.
Another recommendation called
for the federation to act as a clear
ing house in county budgetary mat
ters, while a third urged that future
budgets be submitted to county resi
dents for their consideration during
the early part of May instead of in
June, so that they will have ample
time to discuss budget proposals
before they are finally adopted.
Richard B. Barker, chairman of
the Legislation and Legal Action
Committee, announced that his
group would oppose the proposed
amendments to the county zoning
regulation. The amendments would
reduce the area requirements for
apartment dwellings. The commis
sioners will sit as a District Council
at 3 pm. July 8 to consider the
ALLEN H. GARDNER.
C. C. Keiser Named
For Bethesda Area
Lawyer and Realty Man
Replaces J. C. Christopher,
Who Entered Navy
Appointment of Clarence C. Keiser
of Edgemoor as district air-raid
warden for Bethesda, was announced
last night by Chief Air-Raid Warden
Arch McDonald at a meeting of the
Executive Committee of the Mont
gomery County Civilian Defense
A lawyer and real estate operator,
Mr. Keiser is president of the Be
thesda Chamber of Commerce, a
director of the Bank of Bethesda
and a member of the Bethesda
Chevy Chase Rotary Club. He takes
the place of James C. Christopher,
who resigned to become a lieutenant
in the Navy several weeks ago.
John L. Imirie was appointed to
succeed Mr. Keiser as deputy district
warden in charge of the busines
area of Bethesda.
The committee voted to request
county commissioners to buy 6,000
steel helmets for members of the
civilian defense protective services.
Dr. Dexter M. Bullard, chief of
the emergency medical service, re
ported the service’s program is vir
tually completed. Base hospitals
have been provided with caches of
drugs and medical supplies and the
13 casualty stations are stocked with
The committee has secured about
75 per cent of the converted ambu
lances estimated necessary for
emergency use and about two-thirds
of the stretchers needed, Dr. Bul
I lard reported.
Three hundred sector post signs
and 100 precinct post signs painted
with luminous paint have been do
nated to the civilian defense or
ganization by the Central Labor
Union of Washington, it was an
nounced. The signs are being pre
pared for distribution.
Sweet Briar Graduates
Two Washington Girls
Special Dispatch to The Star.
SWEET BRIAR, Va.. June 9 —
Two Washington girls were gradu
ated from Sweet Briar College to
tday with honors.
Miss Eloise English, daughter of
Admiral and Mrs. Robert H. Eng
lish of 4445 Lowell street N.W., took
her bachelor of arts degree cum
laude with high honors in English,
while Miss Edith Brainerd, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Brainerd of
2234 California street N.W., took
hers with honors in French.
Others who graduated with hon
ors included Miss Mary Peyton of
Students to Buy Bonds
FAIRFAX, Va., June 9 (Special) .—
Children in the Fairfax County
schools have done their share in
war bond sales during the session
ending today. A report by Miss
Eleanor Summerfleld of Fairfax
High School, shows the sale of De
fense stamps and bonds for county
schools amounts to $47,851.20. Every
school has taken part in the cam
Lackey P.-T. A. Elects
LA PLATA, Md., June 9 (Spe
cial).—The Rev. James Valllant is
the new president of the Lackey
Parent-Teacher Association. Other
officers are: Vice president, Mrs. G.
W. Gllhams; secretary, Mrs. Wil
liam Reid, and treasurer, Miss Mabel
D. C/s Wartime
Object to Items in
The Commissioners' requests for
appropriations of $300,000 and $500,
000 to carry out a recreation pro
gram to replace faculties taken
away by war activities may be sub
jected to revision before they are
approved by the Federal Works
Agency, the District Recreation
Board was informed at its regular
Milo F. Christiansen, superintend
ent of recreation, told the board he
had been informed that F. W. A.
engineers had rejected certain
phases of the requests, but added
that the action was so new that he
had not had time to determine
what changes wiU be involved.
Report to Be Made.
The matter was referred to a spe
cial committee for investigation and
report by the next session of the
During its business session the
board approved a committee recom
mendation to inform District De
fense Council officials that the Rec
reation Department will supervise
the organization and activities of the
Women’s Battalion provided “direct
control for administration and
supervision is centralized in the de
partment’’ and that financial assist
ance now made available through
District Defense Council funds or
prospective War Chest funds con
tinue to be made available to the
department for personnel and oper
The board’s action, it was ex
plained, was in answer to a recent
request that the Recreation Depart
ment assume supervision of the pro
posed battalion. This organization
will be composed of from 4,000 to
6,000 women, a majority of them
Government employes, who will aid
in entertaining soldiers and in other
School Board Approves Plans.
Dr. Prank W. Ballou, District
superintendent of schools, reported
that the Board of Education had
approved a proposal that school per
sonnel be employed in connection
with the recreation program during
the summer. He said the board also
had consented to let civilian defense
committees use school facilities for
money-raising purposes as a means
of buying defense equipment and to
let the Recreation Department use
stadia of the senior high schools of
the city on Sundays.
The next regular meeting of the
board was set for 3 pm. June 23.
Dr. W. L. Hoffecker, 89,
Retired Pastor, Dies
t} tfat Associated Press.
EASTON, Md., June 9.—Dr. W. L.
Hoffecker, 89, retired Methodist
minister and former superintendent
of the Wilmington District of the
church, was found dead yesterday
at his home.
A graduate of Washington College
in 1874, he began as a Junior
preacher in the Hillsboro Circuit.
He was a native of Queen Annes
County. Services will be held to
morrow at Ebenezer Methodist
Arlington Baha'i Group
Studies Current Issues
A series of discussions on the
question. "In What Kind of a
World Do We Want to Live?" is
being sponsored by the Arlington
Bahai Assembly on the second
and fourth Wednesdays in each
month at 8:15 p.m. at. the J. E.
Rice home, 5925 North Fourteenth
street, Arlington, Va.
The question this week will be,
"Do We Want World Civilization?”
with Paul Haney, economist, acting
as discussion leader.
Maryland Eagles Open
Sessions at Frederick
B) tbt Awoclsted Press.
FREDERICK, Md., June 9.—The
37th annual convention of the Mary
land Aerie, Fraternal Order of
Eagles, opened today, with Kenneth
L. Close of Frostburg, State presi
The three-day program will in
clude nomination of officers late to
day, followed by a banquet and
dance tonight. Officers will be
elected tomorrow, with considera
tion of resolutions Thursday.
Delegates were registered from all
parts of Maryland.
NOT A MOMENT WASTED—Civilian employes of the Adjutant General’s Training School at Fort
Washington, Md., who travel from Washington to work by boat, spend most of their hour’s travel
ing time studying first-aid courses. Here is a class hard at work on artificial respiration methods
on the top deck of the old excursion steamer Francis Scott Key, which has been chartered by
the Government to take the 120 employes to work. ' —Wide World Photo.
Maryland Park High
Will Graduate 85
At Exercises Tonight
37 to Receive Diplomas
Tomorrow Night at
Laurel High School
Graduation exercises at two Prince
Georges County schools will be held
tonight and tomorrow night. Ex
ercises were held at other schools
In the countv last week.
A class of 85 will be graduated
from the Maryland Park High
School at 8:45 o'clock tonight in
the school auditorium.
Dr. Arnold E. Joyal of the College
of Education. University of Mary
land. will speak on “The Ships of
Life.” William D. Himes, principal,
will award the diplomas. The Rev.
Joseph V. Buckley of St. Francis
Church will pronounce the invoca
tion and the Rev. Thomas B. Ehlers
of the Maryland Park Methodist
Church will give the benediction.
George Bennsky will be the vale
A class of 37 will be given diplo
mas tomorrow night at Laurel High
School. Dr. Henry Brechbill of the
University of Maryland will be the
The class attended baccalaureate
services Sunday at St. Philip's Epis
copal Church. The Rev. Reginald
F. Hall delivered the sermon. A
class night program will be held to
night in the auditorium, and an
alumni banquet and dance will be
held at St. Philip's Church Parish
Hall Thursday night. Paul Bounds,
president of the alumni association,
will have charge of Thursday eve
Montgomery Scout Units
Win Camper Awards
Seventeen of the 24 patrols par
ticipating in the annual camporee
of the Montgomery County Council
of the Boy Scouts of America at
Sligo Park qualified for the stand
ard campers' award. It was an
nounced today by Charles J. Hay
den, county Scout commissioner.
Patrols meeting the requirements
for the badge are; Rattlesnake Pa
trol, Explorer Patrol and Bugle
and Drum Patrol of Troop 212, Sil
ver Spring; Wolf Patrol and Cobra
Patrol, Troop 210. Alta Vista; Pan
ther Patrol and Cobra Patrol.
Troop 240, Chevy Chase; Cobra
Patrol and Rat Patrol, Troop 255.
Chevy Chase; Lion Patrol and
Plying Eagle Patrol, Troop 211,
Bethesda; Mohlcian Patrol and
Rattlesnake Patrol. Troop 209,
Woodside; Cobra Patrol, Troop 215,
Silver Spring; Plying Eagle Patrol
and Wolf Patrol, Troop 236, Gai
thersburg. and Plying Eagle Patrol,
Troop 234, Kensington.
Lions to Get Charter
VIENNA, Va., June 9 (Specitl).—
Charter of the newly-organized
Lions Club will be formally pre
sented at a dinner meeting at 7:15
o’clock tonight in the Parish Hall
of the Church of the Holy Com
forter. G. Norman Cobb, secretary
and treasurer of Vienna Trust Co.,
is president of the group.
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Dr. Ruhland Calls Conference
Of Swimming Pool Operators
With gasoline and tire rationing
restricting many of the city’s swim
mers to the 33 pools here. Health
Officer George C. Ruhland has
called a conference of all pool op
erators at the Southwest Health
Center at 8 o’clock tonight.
The health officer said pools here
have shown much Improvement
during the past year, but that a few
still need better equipment. He also
disclosed the Health Department
has approved the plans for a new
52.000-gallon pool in connection
with the new Girls’ Hotel at Six
teenth and Euclid streets N.W., to
be opened about July 1.
During the summer of 1940. Dr
Ruhland said, 26 samples out of
1.500 taken from city pools showed
potential pollution, while during
last summer only 10 samples showed
the same potentiality.
"This is an excellent record of
progress in the sanitary supervision
of local swimming pools.’’ he said.
Since new swimming pool regula
tions have become effective more
than 100 operators have qualified
for the pool operator's permit,
which must be displayed where it
can readily be seen.
Tonight's program will be un
der the direction of R. L. Tarbett,
inspector of swimming pools for the
Health Department. Speakers and
their topics will be Assistant Health
Officer Daniel L. Seckinger, "Health
and Recreational Value of Swim
ming Pools’; Lt. Col. Frank R.
Shaw of the United States Public
Health Service, ’Public Health
Aspects of Swimming Pools"; John
W. Krasouskas, bacteriologist of the
Dalecarlia water filtration plant,
“Bacteria and Micro-organisms in
Swimming Pools," and Allen Wood
and R. W. Rossback of two private
companies, “Chlorine and Chemical
25 Scout Merit Badges
Awarded in Arlington
Twenty-five merit badges were
awarded and 14 Scouts passed their
second-class tests at a court of
honor in Arlington County, H. C.
Bates, chairman, reported to Boy
Scout headquarters today.
William Lockard, assistant scout
master, Troop 107, became an Eagle
Scout; Edward M. Allen, assistant
scoutmaster. Troop 112, was made
Life Scout, and James Albert, Troop
112, advanced to Star Scout.
Scoutmaster Carey Ross of Troop
110, Asst. Scoutmaster Allen and
Asst. District Commissioner Harry
Doe. jr„ qualified as members of the
Boy Scout Emergency Service Corps.
Second-class rank was reached by
Billy Cooper, Troop 101; James
Biller, Troop 102: Robert Behm,
Troop 114; Albert Hess. Billy Smith,
Robert Miller. Rene Vermillion and
Jack Brown, Troop 151, and Chsales
Custard, Nelson Marcey, Randall
Strean, Charles Register. Roxy
Crack and William Millett, Troop
The following received merit
badges; Albert Tillson, 104; R. E.
Ware, 104; John Chitwood, 151;
James E. Brentlinger, 104; William
Lockard. 107; Wesley Harris. 112;
James Albert, Eddie Allen and Rich
ard Harris, 112; Earl Cooper, 151;
Charles W. Payne, 112; Ben Miles,
151, Carey Ross and F. H. Doe, 110.
Presbyterians to Study
Plan for New Church
Architect’s plans of a new church
building will be presented to the
congregation of the Riverdale (Md.)
Presbyterian Church at 8 p.m.
tomorrow at a church reception.
The proposed building of Colonial
design would seat over 500 in the
worship auditorium which would
be the first unit to be erected.
Over $13,000 has been raised and
it is planned to continue collec
tions toward the fund so construc
tion may begin at the end of the
war. Plans also call for a modern
church school building. The Rev.
W. Keith Custis is pastor.
Rationing of Gas
Traffic 26 Pet.
B> tfc« Associated Press.
BALTIMORE. June 9 —Incom
plete recordings of photo-electric
eye counters at four points on Mary
land’s highways showed today that
automobile traffic fell off an aver
age of 26.24 per cent the week after
gasoline rationing went into effect.
The report, announced by William
F. Childs, jr., director of the Mary
land Traffic Survey Bureau, was for
the week of May 17, compared with
the week of May 10. Gas rationing
became effective May 15.
As for the entire month of May,
Mr. Childs said manual checks for
eight-hour shifts at 108 points re
vealed a 20 per cent drop from
Hearing Set in Theft
Of $134,000 in Gems
By »bi Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, June 9—Hearing
on a habeas corpus petition of Jo
seph Damico, Brooklyn, salesman
accused of taking $134,000 worth of
unset diamonds from a St. Peters
burg (Fla.) Jewelry store, will be
held in city court tomorrow before
Judge Eugene O’Dunne.
Damico's attorney. Paul S. Mules,
filed the petition seeking his client's
release after Gov. O’Conor granted
the extradition request of Florida
authorities following a hearing yes
The salesman was arrested here
May 23 and held under $15,000 bond
on a Florida warrant charging he
participated in the theft March 19.
Nutrition Film to Be Shown
Nutrition in wartime will be the
topic of a special motion picture to
be shown at the Hiser Theater in
Bethesda, Md„ at 3 pm. tomorrow.
The showing is sponsored by the
Adult Education Division of the
Montgomery County Board of Edu
cation. Hie public is invited.
D. C. Supply Bill
May Go Today
House Likely to Act
On Measure Senate
The House may take action today
to send to conference the $56,336,981
District supply bill for the year com
mencing July 1, which passed the
Senate yesterday, carrying a net
increase of $199310 over the House
In the absence of any controversial
issues, the bill went through the
Senate in 40 minutes, with a few
Senator O’Mahoney. Democrat, of
Wyoming, in charge of the bill, had
$11500 included for repairs to
Columbia Hospital. He offered the
amendment for Senator Radclifle,
Democrat, of Maryland.
Small Increase Approved.
Senator McCarran, Democrat, of
Nevada obtained an increase of
$2,000 in the school budget for paint
ing and repairing the grade school
at Tenth and Monroe streets north
On motion of Senator Nye, Re
publican, of North Dakota, $1300
was added to the salary fund of
the Motor Vehicle Department.
An amendment not directly re
lated to District affairs was at
tached to the bill to enable Federal
departments to continue to pay the
salaries of their employes while they
are detailed temporarily to assist
congressional Investigating com
In offering the amendment Sen
ator McCarran explained that the
payment of such salaries had been
affected by a recent decision of
the controller general, and he was
prompted to offer it to the Dis
trict bill to get prompt action.
Conferee* to Meet Soon.
Although the Senate made a
net Increase of less than $200,000
! In the House total, it made gross
increases of $950,230 throughout
the measure, which were offset by
reductions of $750,420.
Conferees representing both houses
will meet within a few days to set
tle these differences. Comparatively
few construction projects are pro
vided for next year, because of war
priorities, but maintenance funds
have been increased to enable the
District to render municipal serv
ices to the increased wartime pop
The Senate approved without de
bate all of the increases and reduc
tions the Appropriations Commit
tee had recommended.
42 Students Graduated
At Gaithersburg High
Ecectkl Diipatch to The Stir.
GAITHERSBURG. Md„ June 9 —
J. Upton Leaman of the Montgom
ery County Board of Education pre
sented diplomas to 42 graduates at
the annual commencement of the
Gaithersburg High School in the
school last night.
The address to the graduates was
given by Dr. Reuben Steinmeyer. as
sociate professor of political science
at the University of Maryland,
whose topic was “Remember Pearl
Emerson P. Slacum. principal of
the school, presented the Rensselaer
award for highest ratings in mathe
matics and science to Philip
Watkins. The citizenship awards,
donated by the Rev. James H. Haley,
pastor of Epworth Methodist
Church. Gaithersburg, and Mrs.
Haley, went to Marian Waters and
Norman Glover. National Honor
Society pins were awarded to Evelyn
Elliott. Marian Waters. Philip Wat
kins and Rodney Miller.
Greenbelt Minute Men
To Take Oath Tonight
Col. Caesar Aiello of the Maryland
State Guard will administer the
oath to a new company of Minute
Men at Greenbelt, Md., at 8:15
o'clock tonight at the Greenbelt
The new group will be the sixth
company of Minute Men formed in
Prince Georges County since Gov.
O’Conor established the units as
reserve militia or home guards to be
called in emergencies when the
State Guard is called to service.
R. Norman Yates Appointed
LEONARDTOWN, Md.. June 9
(Special).—R. Norman Yates of
Compton has been appointed to the
draft board here to replace G. Prank
Dent, who resigned on account of
June graduating class of the Takotna-Silver Spring (Aid,) Junior High School•
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