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_ _ ___WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, B—1
D. C. Establishes
Board to Direct
Evacuations
Joseph Sanders
In Charge of Plans
In Case of Bombing
By MIRIAM OTTENBERG.
The problems ‘of moving the
young, the sick and the aged out
of Washington in case of bombings
have been assigned by the Commis
sioners to a State Evacuation Au
thority for the District, headed by
Joseph Sanders, the local Office of
Civilian Defense announced today.
Although Mr. Sanders, formerly
deputy warden of the Forest Hills
area, was named evacuation officer
in the spring, it was thought neces
sary to set up a formal organization
because of the Government financing
that may be necessary for an evacu
ation program, it was explained.
Members of the evacuation au
thority, each of whom will head a
research committee and later a
service, include District Health Of
ficer George Ruhland, Conrad Van
Hyning, director of the Board of
PuDlic Welfare: Dr. Frank W. Bal
lou, superintendent of public schools;
Randolph Bishop, charged with
emergency billeting; Edward D.
Merrill, president of the Capital
Transit Co.; Capt. Rhoda J. Milli
ken, chief of woman police: Mrs.
Harry Bernton. chairman of the
Civilian Defense Volunteer Office;
Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee and
Kirk Miller.
Will Proceed Slowly.
The authority was charged in the
Commissioners’ order with the duty
of “carrying out such evacuation
programs as may be determined
upon from time to time by com
petent authority.’’
Mr. Sanders, who is vice president
of the Bank of Commerce and the
Equitable Life Insurance Co. of the
District, said he had been advised
by Harry Greenstein, regional evac
uation officer, to proceed slowly until
the evacuation authority was set up.
Surveys, he said, would have to be
made to determine who should go
in case of priority evacuation. This
would probably involve children
through grammar school age, the
sick, the aged and expectant
mothers. The number of children
whose parents will allow them to go
to a saier place with a teacher or
social workers, he said, would have
to be determined, as would the num
ber of pre-school children accom
D&nied hv thpir mnt! lore
All planning, he emphasized, is
still, in the preliminary stage, but
he said that all contingencies would
have to be considered. It was his
opinion that the first bombing
Rh°iJjjLnot bb a feal dause for evac
uatigE . ....
H^yid he also had' in mihd an
arra*ment -whereby children
wouax Spend the nights at a nearby
Pointy and return to their schools in
the District in the daytime, on the
theory that most raiding would
come at night.
Must Decide on Education.
Since the District has no recep
tion area, he said, Mr. Greenstein
and the Army would have to deter
mine what State or States would
receive District evacuees.
The committees will have to de
termine such questions as how edu
cation can be carried on at a recep
tion area, whether the District or
the receiving State would be re
sponsible. what routes out of the
city could be used to avoid Interfer
ence with Army traffic, and what
areas of the city would be more like
ly to be bombed.
There also will be publio health
and medical research, an informa
tion committee to keep track of
those who go and where they are
sent, a feeding service during con
voying, a welfare service, a con
sultant committee on colored prob
lems. a committee on surveys and
personnel and transportation and
publicity committees.
The surveys which precede final
plans may be conducted by the
warden service, by the police,
through the schools or through the
„ post office, Mr. Sanders said.
P.-T. A. to Meet
Standing committees will be ap
pointed and new teachers intro
duced at the first fall meeting of
the Parent-Teacher Association of
Montgomery Hills Junior High
School at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Mrs.
James Wilson, president, has an
nounced.
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wiuuyou&Mf'WiiU
WAR BONDS
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United States bluejackets and
marines are now issued self-inflat
ing life belts to add to their protec
tion on the high seas. These belts
wrap comfortably about the waist
and during less dangerous periods
can be worn deflated. It only takes
a second to insert a small gas car
tridge which inflates the belt.
\
These cartridges look much like
the “sparklets” which we use in a
seltzer bottle. The same carbon
dioxide gas is used for inflating the
life belts. Your purchase of War
bonds will aid in providing this new
measure of safety for our sailors
and marines and for the boys who
go across on our convoy ships. In
vest at least 10 per cent of your In
gome every payday.
SCRAP BONANZA AWAITS PROCESSORS—The District government, since September 22, has
found approximately 3,400,000 pounds of metal scrap in its departments and institutions. Picture
above shows a portion of the scrap pile accumulated at 1250 Mount Olivet road N.E. It will be
sold to the highest bidder when local scrap processing plants need replenishment.
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Here one views heavy scrap material, including lampposts, Iron fences, boilers, safes and an oil
tank in foreground, dug up by the District government from its own agencies and soon to be con
verted into weapons of war. The Government effort is a big stimulus to the scrap collection by
citizens. —Star Staff Photos.
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Death Penalty Is Set
Aside in Criminal
Assault Case Here
Prejudicial Charge
Is Basis of Reversal
By Court of Appeals
Tire United States Court of Ap
peals today reversed the District
Court conviction of Bernard Lee
I Williams, 21, colored, under sen
tence of death on a conviction of
| criminally assaulting a 17-year-old
i colored girl on August 2, 1941. Wil
liams was sentenced to be electro
cuted November 20.
The appellate tribunal held that
I the trial jurist, Judge Thomas Blake
Kennedy of the Federal District of
Wyoming, who was serving here to
i aid in reducing a crowded docket,
j had made an "erroneous and preju
! dicial” charge to the jury. Williams
was convicted September 8, 1941.
The Court of Appeals pointed
out that Judge Kennedy "probably
was not familiar with all the legal
requirements of this jurisdiction"
with respect to charging a jury. The
jury, in bringing in a verdict of
guilty, exercised its light in adding
that the death penalty shall be im
posed.
'■&: Record Investigated.-''
ISie Coiiik of Appeals option,
written by Associate Justice Fred M.
Vtttjon, 8&t|d that upon the issues
presented by the defendant on tire
appeal, the court would be con
strained to affirm the District Court
conviction.
“It is our custom, however, in
cases of serious criminal offenses, to
check carefully the record for error
prejudicial to the defendant, which
he did not urge,” the court said.
"In this case, we have found such
error. Several might be discussed,
but since the judge’s charge to the
jury was definitely erroneous and
prejudicial, we will confine our dis
cussion to the more important omis
sions therein, which we think
require a reversal of the judgment.”
First, the appellate tribunal said,
the judge failed to discuss and de
fine the offenses included within
the indictment against Williams,
adding:
“Rape was not defined generally,
much less broken down into its
constituent elements; naturally, as
a result, the elements were not dis
cussed or defined. The jury was
not told what assault with intent
to rape is, nor how it is distinguished
from rape.”
Jury Not Informed.
The Court of Appeals also pointed
out that the jury^was not even told
at any time that* it could return a
verdict of not guilty.
“The jury must be told at least
once, in some unequivocal language”
that if it is believed that the de
fendant is innocent it must return
a verdict of not guilty, the court
said.
VtlV WUi b UU1U .
“It is almost, if not, as important to
a defendant to have a jury in
structed on the law applicable to his
particular case by the, judge, who
knows the law, as to have a jury of
his peers. The latter is supposed
to safeguard our institution of lair
trial by insuring impartiality.”
Participating with Justice Vinson
in the opinion were Associate Jus
tices Harold M. Stephens and Henry
W. Edgerton.
Williams was accused of assault
ing the girl in a remote section at
Fifty-third and Fitch streets N.E.
at night.
He was represented before the
court by Attorney Saul Lichtenberg.
Williams is the second of five
colored men convicted of commit
ting sex crimes in 1941. to obtain a
reversal of his conviction. The
other was James R. McKenzie, 22.
accused of attacking a 26-year-old
employe of a Fourteenth street
cleaning shop last June. McKenzie
is scheduled to be tried again in
District Court this fall.
The conviction of Jarvis R. Catoe,
36, sentenced to die for the murder
criminal assault of Mrs. Rose Ab
ramowitz in January, 1941, in her
Sixteenth street apartment, was
affirmed recently by the appellate
tribunal. The Supreme Court may
be asked to review the case, however.
Catoe also is under indictment on
charges of committing four other
muraer-crimlnal assaults.
The Court of Appeals still has
under consideration the case of
Roland J. Lindsey, 20, charged with
attacking an 18-year-old girl in July
in Brentwood Park.
William Isaac Robinson, 34, was
executed Friday for an attack on a
15-year-old girl near Rock Creek
Park in August 1941. His convtttion
was affirmed by the Court of Ap
peals several months ago and later
President Roosevelt denied a plea
for executive clemency.
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Hammond Loses Fight
To Win Back Post in
Foreign Service
Court Dismisses Suit
Filed by Son of Former
U. S. Envoy to Spain
Ogden H. Hammond, jr„ a foreign
service officer who was placed on
leave without pay in March. 1941,
today lost his fight in the United
States Court of Appeals to have the
courts order him placed back on
active service and an efficiency
rating of ‘'unsatisfactory” revised.
Mr. Hammond, son of the former
Ambassador to Spain, had charged
in an injunction suit that State de
partment officials were unjustly ac
cusing him of mimicking President
Roosevelt at a Newport (R. I.) social
gathering and also of befriending
Lilly Stein, now serving a 10-year
sentence following her plea of
guilty in an espionage case.
Mr. Hammond told District Court
that the State Department had not
given him a full hearing on the
charges, but Justice Daniel W.
O Donoghue. in dismissing the suit,
held that he had not formally sought
a hearing. Mr. Hammond appealed
and the anpellate tribunal.today up
held'thaDiStfict Court JLllig. i'
presumably, Mr. HgnaMgnd
haslhe right to aslcfffi .|S£{iart
tor a hearihg. OfPcSfls%iere
he is on the foreign service rolls,
but still has the status of “on leave
without pay.”
The defendants in the suit were
Secretary of State Cordell Hull, As
sistant Secretary of State Adolph A.
Berle, jr.; Breckinridge Long, Dean
Acheson and G. Howland Shaw, and
John G. Erhardt, chairman of the
Board of Examiners for the investi
gators. All denied in affidavits that
Mr. Hammond’s alleged mimicry of
the President or his relation with
Miss Stein had anything to do with
his being given a rating of “un
satisfactory” and being placed on
leave.
Mr. Hammond, a prominent young
socialite, joined the foreign service
March 22, 1939. He was vice consul
in Vienna and vice consul in Leipzig
before being placed on leave.
Montgomery Voting List
Revision Starts Tomorrow
Ninety-three supplemental boards
of registry will sit tomorrow in the
polling places of Montgomery County
to consider revision of the registra
tion lists.
More than 1.800 voters Have been
cited to appear before the boards
and show cause why their names
should not be stricken from the
rolls.
The supplemental boards, each
comprised of a Democrat and a Re
publican, also will register persons
who have moved from other juris
dictions and will accept declara
tions of intention to vote from new
residents.
Stettinius Gives V. T. I.
Prize-Winning Horses
By the Associated Press.
BLACKSBURG. Va., Oct. 12.—
Two pure-bred Belgian horses have
been given to Virginia Technical In
stitute by E. R. Stettinius, jr., lease
lend administrator, Prof. Ralph E.
Hunt, head of the anival husbandry
department, announced here yes
terday. The prize-winning Belgian
horses were brought here from Mr.
Stettinius' Horseshoe Farm at Rap
idan. which specializes in Belgian
horses and Hereford cattle.
Missing Boys
Believed Trying
To Join Nayy
Police were searching today for
two Washington boys—14 and 15
years old—who are believed to be
bicycling their way somewhere to
Join the Navy.
The boys, John Lewis Steen, 15,
son of Lucian L. Steen. 537 Fourth
street SJE., and Ronald Edwin Shorb,
14, son of Paschal Shorb, 319 Thir
teenth street SJE., have been missing
since Saturday morning.
Young Steen several weeks ago
asked his father to sign a document
giving parental permission for the
boy to Join the Navy. Mr. Steen
refused to sign.
Ronald's mother said that her son
talked "time and time again of Join
ing the Navy.” She said some one
told him he could get in at the age
of 15 outside the District. She said
her son's bank book was missing.
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Get In the Scrap!
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Government Buildings' Scrap
Swells D. C. Salvage Pile
Donations of Heavy Materials Encourage
Residents to Keep Up Collections
Heavy types of scrap metal materials are flowing into local
Junk piles as the collection drive here grows in intensity. From
Federal and District Governments have come iron lamp posts,
fences, boilers and other bulky salvage items.
Officials today saw in the governmental activity a cheering
addition to the efforts of citizens who have borne the brunt of the
Washington campaign to raise 34.-*--—-—
000,000 pounds from July 1 to De
cember 31, 1942. The two govern
mental bodies contributed in excess
of 7.000,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, progress reports will
be received and plans to encourage
methodical collection at city-wide
scrap depots will be discussed at a
meeting of the Commissioners' Spe
cial Salvage Committee at 4 o’clock
this afternoon in the office of Col.
Joseph D. Arthur, jr., Assistant
Engineer Commissioner and com
mittee chairman.
Every conceivable type of "heavy"
scrap—tractors, gates, lamp posts,
etc.—is making its way into Govern
ment collections.
Big and kittle Pieces.
. In-4he midst of these gigantic
gHhn||.h(B|ever^have been found a
»aWPd(Kand a lust pan.
F, P, Donaldson, chief of the
EtlMjjfttJte.andifftuppIy utilization
clilttffc or* the-^Treasury Depart
htfcftffsafiffederal Government con
tributions include the following:
Galvanized buckets, boilers, pipe
lines, tractors and other heavy, ob
solete equipment, the gates at
Friendship, farm implements, a
tractor and outdoor water tanks
from St. Elizabeth's and other as
sorted items . . . plus the paper clip.
Mr. Donaldson says that a few
3.000-pound electrical transformers,
from which both wire and metal
will be salvaged, will be taken from
certain old buildings now being
occupied by the Federal Govern
ment.
A good example of the type of
"heavy" scrap making its way to
the stock piles is provided in a
recent announcement by W. E.
Reynolds, commissioner of the Pub
lic Buildings Administration of the
Federal Works Agency.
Other Heavy Scrap Available.
Mr. Reynolds said certain fixed
installations no longer used in
Federal buildings here could be
removed for scrap metal, included
among which is an old engine weigh
ing 50,000 pounds, a generator in
the State Department Building and
a lead-covered, three-wire copper
underground high-tension line run
ning from the Tidal Basin and Fif
teenth street N.W. to the North
Interior Building, Eighteenth and E
streets N.W.
The line weighs 40,000 pounds.
The fixed installations recently
offered the scrap drive weigh ap
proximately 258,850 pounds, Mr.
Reynolds said. These contributions
are exclusive of the 4,680.878 pounds
of loose scrap metals already sal
vaged in Government buildings by
the Public Buildings Administration.
According to Paul Chalupsky,
chief properf*, officer for the Dis
trict,, the city^h contributions, which
tQtal more tlum 3.000.000 pounds,
range from a qustpan picked up in
a firehouse to** 7l.OOO-poun4 wafer
tank seraippe$in Southeast Area.
Six condensed boilers have been
taken from District schools, Mr.
Chalupsky reports, and two boilers
have been scrapped at the National
Training School for Girls.
Water Division Adds to Pile.
The District water division has
donated 10 to 15 tons of bridge
steel, 8 tons of fencing, a half ton
of iron gates and 5 tons of scrapped
steel pipe, among other items.
From the highway division have
come 25 tons of miscellaneous iron
fencing, an 8,000-pound obsolete and
dismantled steam derrick and a
6,000-pound piece of paving equip
ment.
Obsolete and damaged lamp posts,
weighing approximately 12'4 tons
and removed from the streets sev
eral years ago, are included in the
District contribution, plus a half
ton of scrap metal from the District
auto repair shop and 5 tons of
miscellanfeous scrap from fire de
partment engine houses and truck
companies.
The District government ac
cumulation is piled up at 1250 Mount
Olivet road N.E.
'Victory Plate' Luncheon
Will Be Held Thursday
A “victory plate” luncheon will
be held at noon Thursday in
Epiphany Church under auspices of
a nutrition in industry subcommit
tee of the Civilian Mobilization Di
vision of local civilian defense.
Nutrition experts from several
Government agencies will address
representatives of some 60 District
agencies which form a co-ordinate
ing committee working on local nu
trition problems.
The speakers will include Dr.
Robert S. Ooodhart, Office of De
fense Health and Welfare Services;
Donald S. Payne, Agriculture De
partment, and Miss Elinor Enright,
Federal Security Agency.
The luncheon plate will include a
"meat stretcher” dish. Conrad Van
Hyning, head of civilian mobiliza
tion here, will preside.
Statue of Sun Yat Sen
Planned for Capital
By the Associated Press.
Plans for erection here of & statue
to Dr. Sun Yat Sen, founder of the
Chinese Republic, from proceeds of
a movie to be based on his life were
outlined at press conference today
by Senator Thomas of Utah.
Attending the conference was Dr.
Wei Tao-ming, Chinese Ambassador
to the United States, who said the
“statue to Dr. Sun Yat Sen will be
a symbol of the growing friendship
between the United States and
China.”
Also present was Lester Cowan,
Hollywood producer, who is working
on the script for the biographical
picture of Sun Yat Sen in which
Paul Muni will play the part of the
Chinese statesman.
Senator Thomas has introduced
legislation to authorize erection of
the statue.
Pentagon to Get Extra Story
Costing $500,000, Engel Says
Approximately another half mil
lion will be added to the more than
170,000,000 already expended on the
Pentagon Building by adding an
extra story on three wings, it was
charged today by Representative
Engel, Republican, of Michigan, who
last week said that the gigantic
structure already had cost nearly
twice what was estimated.
According to Information obtained
by Mr. Engel, the first and fifth
wings were built to four stories,
while the second, third and fourth
wings were left at three stories and
roofed over.
The operation now in progress, he
says, is to add another story to these
three wings. This must be done
>ver the.present roof, which protects
hie personnel working below. Then
he roof must be tom aiway.
It is expected that the extra story
will adfl. approximately 354,735
square feet of floor space to the
Ube 'vfoifc”has been In progress
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for nearly two months and now is
nearing completion.
The three stories were covered
with a heavy asphalt roof which will
be necessarily expensive to tear
away, Mr. Engel charged.
He is well aware, he said, that
under present conditions the addi
tional space is needed badly,, but
insists that adequate foresight in
planning the structure would have
saved the taxpayers ad entirely un
necessary expense.
It is another instance, he charged
of “throwing money down a rat
hole” which is raising the neces
sarily enormous costs of. the war
effort beyond reasonable expecta
tions.
Bethesda P.-T. A. to Meet
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
School Parent-Teacher Association
will hold It# first fall meeting at
7:46 pm. Wednesday at the scnoOL
District WCTU Opens
68th Annual Meeting
Tomorrow Morning
Two-Day Convention
To Be Held at Calvary
Baptist Church
The 68th annual convention of the
Woman’s Christian Temperance
Union of the District, a two-day
meeting, will open at 10 a.m. to
morrow at Calvary Baptist Church,
Eighth and H streets N.W.
The initial session, to be called to
order by Mrs. Ida W. Ramsey, presi
dent, is to be highlighted by reports
from officers and committees. Mrs.
A. M. Wolford, president of the
Women's Missionary Society of
Calvary Church, will greet delegates.
A song service will be led by Mrs.
George Cook, devotions by Mrs.
Everett Eaton, and a salute to the
flag by Mrs. Marie Brinley.
Dr. Clarence W. Cranford. Calvary
pastor, is scheduled to address to
morrow's afternoon session. Com
pleting the program tomorrow will
in departmental reports, covering
publicity, international relations for
peace, medal contests, literature and
scientific temperance' - instpjSttion,
Mrs. B. L, Collins prewit a
membership report.
Mrs. F. S. Berry, first vice Bresi
•fient oi tits.District W«TU, rtffi pre
side .on the second day of t|pcon
vention, when nomination of official
board members and additional re
ports on department work are to be
made. Accomplishments of the
evangelistic, religious education and
temperance and mission depart
ments are to be discussed.
Mrs. Ethel H. Reed will sing, ac
companied by Mrs. E. M. Woolgar.
Mrs. Ramsey will report on the 68th
national convention. The morning
session will be concluded with a
memorial service, led by Mrs.
Charles Williams and Mrs. R. E. S.
Boss.
Wednesday afternoon delegates
will hear the Youth’s Temperance
Council discussed by Mrs. Richard
Meadows and the Loyal Temperance
Legion by Mrs. Ival B. Stout.
Results of the election of officers,
to be held between 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Wednesday, w'ill be reported in the
afternoon and new officers installed.
Missing Persons
Those having information
concerning persons reported
missing should communicate
with tlfo Public Relations Squad
of the Police Department, Na~
tional 4000.
Ronald E. Staorb, 14, 5 feet 5 inches,
140 pounds, hazel eyes, brown hair;
wearing blue lumberjacket, blue wool
trousers, riding red frame bicycle:
iltinoiilg 11UU1 UA0
Tliirteenth street
S.E. since Satur
day.
John L. Steen,
15.5feet pinches,
125 pounds,
brown eyes, black
hair; wearing
blue dungarees,
red or yellow
polo Shirt, white
sailor hat, riding
a bicycle; miss
ing from 537
. Fourth street
_ „ . . ,. 3R. since Satur
Roth Dcfandorf.
Ruth Mary Defandorf, 14, 5 feet
5 Va inches, 150 pounds, light brown
hair, dark blue eyes, fair complexion;
wearing blue seersucker dress with
red silk jacket or red and green suit;
carrying brown and tan plaid coat
and wearing white and tan shoes;
missing from 1504 North Hancock
street, Arlington, since Wednesday.
Ann Lovelace, 14, 5 feet 5 inches,
114 pounds, blue eyes, red hair;
wearing Navy blue dress; missing
from Atlanta, Ga., since October 1.
William E. McDermott, 54, 5 feet
8 inches, 165 pounds, red hair; wear
ing brown suit, black shoes, white
shirt and eye glasses; missing from
Alexandria since Friday.
Alberta Williams, 17, colored, 5
feet 2 inches, 139 pounds; wearing
blue sweater, brown skirt; missing
from 1808 H street NR. since Sat
urday.
Walter Taylor, 12, colored, 4 feet
6 inches, 84 pounds, wearing green
sweater, blue polo shirt, grey
trousers, brown shoes; miariwy from
4602 Jay street NR. since Friday.
William Walker, 17, colored, 5 feet
10 inches, 140 pounds; wearing white
coat, brown cap, blue trousers, blue
tennis shoes; missing from 1148
'Twenty-first street N.W. since Fri
day.
Adam Naylor, 60, colored, & feet
8 inches, 140 pounds;.wearing brown
suit, blue hat. Mack shoes: miming
from 418 1 street N.W. since Wed
neoday.
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Students Who Lead
Scrap Drive to Name
Liberty Ships
49 Cargo Carriers to
Honor Former Citizens
Of States and District
Students of District schools and
those of the 48 States will name 49
Liberty ships, and children to be
selected from schools making the
best records in the current salvage
campaign will christen the cargo
carriers, the War Production Board
announced today.
Individual pupils of public, paro
chial and private schools are to
send in to regional committees, as
suggested titles, the names of dis
tinguished former citizens. No liv
ing citizens are to be included in
the lists. Each State and the Dis
trict will select three names, which
will be forwarded to Dr. John W.
Studebaker. United States commis
sioner of education. Dr. Studebaker
and the Maritime Commission will
make the final selections.
District Committee.
In Washington names are to be
sent. to. Supt„ at Schools Frank W.
Ballou. A committe?, composed of
Df. Bglkta, Mrs. Henry Grattanr
Doyle, president of the Board of
Education, and James E„ Corn
flower,"'^hafrman or fee District
Salvage Cofnfnlttee. will choose the
three names to be submitted to Dr.
Studebaker.
WPB explained that ships will be
christened by representative stu
dents from the three schools in the
District and three in each State
making the best record in the
school scrap campaign beginning last
week and ending October 17.
The honor schools will be the
three collecting the largest weight
of scrap in proportion to enrollment.
The amount will be computed by
dividing the number of pounds by
the number of pupils.
Under the recommended canvass
ing program, WPB added, the
younger children have been advised
to work in pairs, the older children
by themselves. All children will
canvass homes and farms assigned
to their schools, collecting small
articles of scrap and making lists
of the largest items, which will be
collected later by transportation fa
cilities furnished through local sal
vage committees.
Text of Announcement.
The announcement said:
“Millions of young Americans are
now engaged in collecting scrap
materials, and it has been estimated
that a huge tonnage will be turned
in by them.
"A report on the results of the
campaign must be in the hands of
the chief school officer by November
1. Student bodies of the winning
schools will select the boy or girl
who has been the most helpful in
the drive, to be its representative at
the christening of the ships named
in honor of distinguished natives.
“The three children chosen from
each of the States and from Wash
ington will be sent to christen their
Liberty ship at the expense of the
American Industries Salvage Com
mittee.”
War Resisters League
Sponsors Lecture Series
The first in a series of lectures
on “Pacifism and the Pour Free
doms’* will be held at 8 pjn. Sun
day at the Friends Meeting House,
2111 Florida avenue N.W., under
auspices of the Washington Area
War Resisters League.
Speakers to be heard during the
series, which will continue for a
month, include the Rev. A. J. Muste,
national secretary of the Fellow
ship of Reconciliation; Rabbi Isidor
B. Hoffman, student counselor at
Columbia University, and Morris
Milgram, national secretary of the
Workers Defense League.
Civil Service Posts Open
To Machine Operators
Trainees for blueprint, photostat,
multilith, mulitgraph, mimeograph
and micro-film machines are wanted
by the Civil Service Commission,
with 16 the minimum age for appli
cants.
Eligibles will be taken in a 50
mile radius of Washington. The in
struction course is from four to six
weks, and the entrance salary
$1,260. Appointments will be made
In a salary range up to (1,440.
The eeener yen get that War sav
ings stamp la yew beek, the seoaer
yea win get victory ia the bag.
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Free Transfers
To W.r M. & A.
Lines Argued
Companies Propose
'Voluntary' Action
At PUC Hearing
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Elimination of the 2-cent transfer
charge between the Capital Transit
Co. and the Washington, Marlboro
& Annapolis Motor Lines for service
for Southeast Washington and near
by Maryland was debated again to
day before the Public Utilities Com
mission.
Spokesmen for the companies of
fered to enter into an agreement
for the “voluntary” elimination of
the transfer charge for the duration
of the war, but union and civic
spokesmen protested that the extra
charge should be eliminated now
by a formal order of the PUC.
J. C. Capt, director of the Census
Bureau, appealed to the PUC near
the close of the hearing for early
elimination of the transfer charge,
but he left it to the Commission to
determine how this could be ac
complished.
S. R. Bowen, counsel for the Cap
ital Transit Co., and James Donovan,
counsel for the W. M. & A., declared
the District commission had no au
thority to compel the companies to
give up the transfer charge since the
two concerns were “unrelated.” They
said they would have to preserve
their rights and that an appeal to
the court was to be anticipated
should the commission seek to use
compulsion.
They argued that due to the war
conditions they were willing to enter
into a stipulation for the voluntary
elimination of the charge until the
end of the war, after which they
would decide whether to light the
continuation of free transfers.
Petition Presented.
Robert Sherman, president of the
Commerce Department Local of the
CIO, presented a petition signed by
1,000 Census Bureau workers at the
Suitland (Md.) offices calling for
free transfers and a lower fare on
the suburban service.
He declared it would not be nec
essary for the case to be tied up in
court, depriving the Government
workers and others of the immedia
ate benefit of a free transfer ar
rangement. He said the commis
sion could issue an order for the
removal of the transfer charge and
the companies could appeal the de
cision to the court, but that they
might do this without insisting on
suspension of the PUC order until
the court decided the case.
cgui y xzuu&iu^.«commission
member, charged that -.the'; com
panies were attempting to “regulate
the commission” instead of sub
mitting to tbgulatiqp, c ...
He insisted that if the^tpmpaniM
were willing to give up live transfer
charge for the duration there ap
peared no reason why this should
be done by a company agreement
instead of by commission order.
During a colloquy with Mr. Ran
kin, Mr. Bowen declared that if the
plan for voluntary elimination of
the charge failed, ‘‘the responsibility
would rest on the commission—not
the companies.”
Harrison Agrees with Companies.
Lloyd B. Harrison, PUC counsel,
agreed with company counsel that
if the PUC issued a final order in
stead of accepting the company
agreement, it was to be expected
the concerns would preserve their
right to appeal on the question of
jurisdiction and in doing so might
delay granting of free transfers “for
a year or more” until a final court
order was obtained.
William A. Duvall, speaking for
the Southeast Council of Citizens
Associations, and I. W. Potts, for
the Citizens Taxpayers League, ob
jected to the company voluntary
plan, and Henry Austin, speaking
for the Bradbury Heights Citizens
Association, voiced approval of it
as “one step ahead” for Southeast
bus riders.
Boy Who Saved 2 Girls
From River Rewarded
The heroism of Huel Crockett, Jr,
13-year-old Alexandria boy who last
month saved two colored girls from
drowning, was recognized by the
congregation of the Ebenezer Bap
tist Church which last night pre
sented the boy with a $25 War bond.
The Rev. J. B. Reed, pastor of the
colored church at 909 Queen street,
presented the bond to Huel.
The girls who were rescued from
the river near the National Airport
were Evelyn Eskridge and Thelma
Tinsley. Another girl, Kate May
Tinsley, drowned despite Huel’s ef
forts to save her.
Pupils of Lyles Crouch School,
which the girls attend, presented
Huel with a pen-and-pencil set
several weeks ago.
ODT Requests
School Students
Not to Dally
High school students were urged
today by the Office of Defense
Transportation to go home when
school is out.
The reason for this admonition
was that reports from some com
munities indicated high school boys
and girls were interfering with
staggered-hour programs by neglect
ing to go home promptly.
In many cities and defense areas ■
high school hours have been
changed so that pupils would not
ride buses or streetcars at the time
war workers were crowding them.
Instead of using the transportation
systems at the “off’* hours. ODT
said, the students have been “loiter
ing over sodas, window-shopping or
going to the movies, with the result
that they have been crowding on
the same vehicles as homeward
bound war workers.” r
It was felt, ODT added, that if ,y
young Americans realized the need
of spreading this transportation
load In the Interest of war pro
duction they’ would co-operate. So
this message was sent out:
"When school’s over, go on home.”
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