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Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1943. **
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Rooming Houses
Face New Fire
Safety Probe
Police to Investigate
Where Licenses
Have Been Denied
Definite instructions were issued
today by the Board of Commission
ers for police as well as fire inspec
tors to begin a recheck of the 1,780
establishments of boarding, rooming
and lodging house operators, who
had been denied licenses, to see if
operations are continuing in vio
lation of law.
If and when evidence has been
gathered, it will be turned over to
Corporation Counsel Richmond B.
Keech for prosecution. In the past
it has been estimated that between
8.000 and 10.000 tenants of such
places, where required fire safety
facilities were reported to be lack
ing, faced eviction if there is no
p alternative to the scheduled legal
process.
The rechecking of the unlicensed
lodging places, however, probably
will not begin until sometime next
week.
Keech Outlines Plans.
Under plans outlined by Mr.
Keech. license officers of the Police
Department and inspectors of the
fire marshal's office will meet. In
structions are to be given by Edward
\V. Thomas, assistant corporation
counsel in charge of District work
at Municipal Court. Inspector
Harvey G. Callahan, assistant su- j
perintendent of police, said the j
meeting would be held early next ;
week.
Mr. Keech said the men were to be
directed to ascertain if the estab
lishments were continuing operation
without a license and if there were
sufficient paying guests in them to
require an operating license. Under
District regulations, if more than
four paying guests are housed in a
building, a license is required.
Stop-Gap Regulation.
Meanwhile, the Commissioners
adopted a stop-gap means of moti- |
vating the new fire escape act, ap- ;
proved last December 24, authorizing j
the citv heads to promulgate new ;
rules as to safety measures for :
egress from various places of public j
assembly. The proposed new rules
considered at yesterday's public
hearing are to be re-studied for pos
sible revision.
To meet the situation pending
adoption of the new rules, the Com
missioners ordered existing rules
adopted under authority of the new
law.
So many boarding and rooming I
house operators appeared at yester
day's hearing to tell of their difficul
ties in attempts to comply with the
present fire safety regulations, Com
missioner John Russell Young said a ^
later hearing would be called to dis
cuss the problems of these proprie
tors.
A number of rooming house opera- j
tors declared fire escapes were not i
necessary in all cases and anyway '
would not necessarily mean saving
of lives in case of fires. Some pro
‘ested they could not afford fire j
escapes as well as the cost of fire
proofing halls and stairs. Others i
spoke of confusion over the meaning
of existing rules.
The act under which the proposed
new rules were considered yesterday ;
authorizes the Commissioners to
promulgate rules dealing with means
of egress, guide signs and lights,
exits, hall and stairway lights,
standpipes, fire extinguishers, alarm
gongs and other safety appliances,
in various places of public assembly.
They would apply to buildings of
three or more stories or more than
3n feet high and used as a hospital,
school, asylum, sanitarium or the
like, or places of amusement, res
taurants and other places of public
< assembly. Private dwellings would
be exempt.
Legal Problems Posed.
One witness, denied a license, who
pounded a table to emphasize his
problem, said he could not comply
with the orders of the District in
spectors and had been told on one
hand he must eject his^enants with
in 10 days, and on the other hand
that it would requite 30 days or more
to evict them through court action.
‘"What am I to do?" he shouted.
Another witness, an attorney, de
clared legal action to evict tenants
who would not leave voluntarily,
might take as much as three months.
Ernest F. Henry, an attorney rep
resenting the District Rent Control
Administration, agreed a 30-dav de
lay in evictions would be involved
under "the usual procedure." He
told the city heads the rent admin
istration recognized there is "serious
overcrowding" in lodging places and
that his office was committed to the
position that District health and
safety regulations must be observed.
He said there was no conflict be
tween the Commissioners' regula
tions and the rent act.
"Well-informed" rooming house
operators, he said, have written ar
rangements with their tenants tin
der which the usual 30-day notice of
eviction may be waived.
Man Hit by Streetcar
Dies of Injuries
D. C. Traffic Toll
Killed in 1943 23
Killed in same period in 1942 40
Toll for all of 1942 109
The District's 23d traffic death oc
curred early today when George N.
Freeze. 54, of 207 D street N.W.. died
in Emergency Hospital of injuries
he received when struck by a street
car last Sunday.
Police said Mr. Freeze, an elec
trician, was hit as he crossed Twelfth
street and Pennsylvania avenue N.W.
He was admitted to the hospital at
the time and treated for a fractured
skull, concussion and lacerations to
the face.
The driver of the streetcar was
listed by police as James J. Greham.
31, of 55 Allison street. N.E. The
traffic toll stood at 40 at the same
time last year.
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Machine Shop Employe, Blind,
Has Record of Perfect Work
Frank Dorman, 42, of 1237 D street N.E., is shown filing a piece
of metal at hi; bench in the Engineering & Research Corp.,
Riverdale, Md. M. Dorman lost his vision in an accident four
years ago. j_—Star Staff Photo.
Lack of vision doesn t prevent
Prank Dorman from helpii g the war
effort.
At his bench in the mai. work
shop of the Engineering ana ivc
search Corp.. Riverdale. Md., he ap
pears just as normal as any other
worker in the shop.
Only when he puts down the
object on which he has been filing
and fumbles for another tool does
one realize that he is blind.
Mr. Dorman's job is to smooth off
small pieces of machinery and pre
pare them for a final grinding and
polish. His superiors say because of
his "sensitive touch-’ he is better at
that type of work than a person with
normal vision.
The metal must be absolutely
smooth before going to the grinding
and polishing machine, and a worker
with normal vision might rely too
much on his sight and overlook some
minute jagged edge.
So far. in the two months Mr.
Dorman has been working at the
plant, not one faulty part has beer
returned to him. This is a muck
better record than existed before he
took over the job. officials said.
Senate Leaders Delay
Action on Wartime
Pay Measure
Prompt Approval Seen
When Report Comes Up,
Probably Tuesday
Senate leaders today postponed
action until early next week on the
compromise wartime pay bill for
Federal and District employes to
await the return of Senator Langer
of North Dakota, one of the con
ferees. Promp -approval Is expected
when the conference report is taken
up, probably Tuesday, after which
it will go to the House for action.
For most of the per annum em
ployes in executive departments and
independent agencies, the bill re
tains the basic principle of a 21.6
per cent overtime raise for a 48
hour week, in effect since December.
It has been liberalized, however,
to give a fiat $300 to those in the
low brackets, for whom the 21.6 per
cent rate would amount to less. It
also permits overtime increases be
tween the $5,000 and $10000 salary
levels, but computed onlv on the
first $2,900.
The overtime is not on a time
and-a-half rate, and. since it is ac
companied by a 20 per cent longer
week, its supporters point out. it
Is only slightly more than straight
time for overtime.
In the legislative and judicial
branches or wherever work cannot
be measured for overtime, the new
bill gives a flat $300 on all salaries
under $2,000 and a 15 per cent rise
on salaries of $2,000 or over in this
group. At. present the non-overtime
groups get a flat 10 per cent. The
bill would continue until June 30.
1945, though Congress could repeal
it sooner if the war ends.
Daily Rationing
^SRemindersM
i ^ - c-j,
i Blue coupons. Book 2—Those marked
D. E and F good for rationed
| canned goods through April 30.
' Red coupons. Book 2—Those marked
] A. B and C are valid now and will
remain good through April 30.
They can be exchanged for meats,
butter, margarine, fats and oils,
cheeses and canned fish
Stamps marked D will become
good April 18 and will also be good
through April 30.
Sugar—Stamp No. 12 in Book 1 is
good for 5 pounds through May 31.
Coffee -Stamp No. 26 in Book 1 is
good for 1 pound through April 25.
Fuel oil—No. 5 coupons are valid for
10 gallons through September 30.
Gasoline—No. I A coupons are good
for 3 gallons each through July 21
B and C coupons, good for 3
gallons each, expire on dates in
dicated in individual books.
Shoes—Stamp 17 in Book 1 is good
for one pair of shoes through
June 15.
Detailed rationing information
will be found on Page .4-2 of The
Sunday Star each ween.
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Mr. Dorman admitted he has
noticed his sense of touch has be
come more developed since he lost
his sight in an accident four years
ago. He was working in an automo
u.- ~~r>air shop at the time when
several a*." -ters of steel flew into
his eyes.
He lost his job as a result of the
mishap and was unemployed for
nearly four years before he obtained
his present position through the
Rehabilitation Commission of the
United States Employment Service.
He works eight hours a day. seven
days a week and says he likes his
job “very much.”
Other plant employes who live
near his home at 1237 D street N.E.
take him to and from work in their
cars.
While he is the only totally blind
person employed by the firm, there
is one other employe with only 10
per cent vision. He is Clyde H.
Ishmael. Mr. Ishmael has been
working at the plant since March
and does sheet metal work.
Mr. Dorman is 42 years old and
married. He has three children. A
native of Virginia, he came to Wash
ington 22 years ago.
Food Agency Delays
Milk Price Increase
For D. C. Residents
Commodity Credit Corp.
Subsidy to Absorb Boost
Granted to Farmers
Washington consumers had as
surances today that they would con
tinue, for the present, to pay cur
rent prices for milk as a result of
a Government-sponsored milk pur
chase and retail arrangement an
nounced yesterday by the War Food
Administration.
Under the plan, the Commodity
Credit Corp. will purchase milk from
dealers at the increased producer
prices, to be resold to the dairies at
lower prices which will be announced
soon.
The decision came as the Office
of Price Administration reported an
announcement was imminent on a
retail price rise of milk sold here.
The WFA action thus averts the
threatened price hike, and brings
relief to dairies.
Earlier in the day the Wakefield
Dairy, through Attorney John F.
Hillyard, filed a petition with the
Agriculture Department and the Of
fice of Economic Stabilization ask
ing suspension of the 43-cents-a
hundredweight increase dairies are
now paying producers.
Dairymen here had warned they
might have to shut down because of
the squeeze, which found them pay
ing increased prices to farmers with
out receiving more for their product
at retail levels.
The WFA proposal, meantime,
drew from Charles B. Holman, sec
retary of the National Co-operative
Milk Producers Federation, the com
ment that the "people of Washington
don't want to pay for their milk bills
10 years from now." He said his
organization was "unalterably” op
1 posed to subsidies and described the
i plan as the "sheerest kind of political
j cowardice.”
President Roosevelt's "hold-the
line” order on prices and wages is
sued last week was seen behind the
WFA decision to delegate the CCC
to absorb the additional costs of milk
in this area. /
The purchase and resale arrange
ment. which will operate also in Bal
timore and Philadelphia, will be ad
ministered by the Food Distribution
Administration of the Agriculture
Department.
The 43-cent increase for farmers
came early this month following
months of delay on the part of Gov
ernment agencies. At the time the
producer price was announced, the
OPA warned that retail prices also
would go up.
Milk new sells for 15 cents a quart
for home delivery and slightly less in
stores.
Additional $34,000,000
Granted Ford for Plants
Bv the Associated Press.
The Defense Plant Corp. has an
nounced an Increase of $34,000,000
in its contract with Ford Motor Co.,
Dearborn, Mich.
The funds will be used, the cor
poration said, for additional plant
facilities in Michigan, Missouri
T.Yor’*. and
will bring DPC's total commitment
with the company to $68/100,000.
Ihlder Demands
D. C. Slum Area
Conversion Now
ADA Head Opposes
Planners Idea of
Postwar Objective
Redevelopment of Washington's
blighted areas should be undertaken
now and conducted continuously
during the war, John Ihlder, execu
tive officer of the Alley Dwelling Au
thority, told Federal planners today
in countering suggestions that it be
made a postwar objective.
While entirely sympathetic with a
proposal to draw up a master plan
for the whole Washington metro
politan region, Mr. Ihlder said there
was an urgent need during the war
to convert these blighted areas to
sanitary housing and non-habita
tion uses for the betterment of the
community.
Given the needed appropriations,
he said, the ADA could make a good
start on such a program now.
No Action Taken.
Meeting with Alfred Bettman, an
expert on urban rehabilitation, the
National Capital Park and Planning
Commission explored many phases
of postwar 'development and appar
ently agreed with a suggestion from
a Cincinnatti park official that it
is the logical agent to supervise such
planning in the Washington area.
No action of any kind was taken at
the meeting, which 'frill continue
until the April session closes late
today.
Mr. Bettman said that six States
already have passed laws empower
’ ing city governments to condemn
; slum areas and other States are
planning such legislation.
“Blighted'’ areas include slum dis
tricts, Mr. Bettman said, and terri
tory used for purposes in addition
: to habitation, such as warehousing
and other commercial uses, and
especially areas which have a mix
ture of uses.
“In the case of housing itself,” he
explained, “redevelopment planning
does not start with an assumption
i that the future housing is to be
; either exclusively or predominantly
for low income classes. So, in a
general way it may be said that
I urban redevelopment is the replan
; ning and rebuilding of the blighted
portions of urban areas for such
uses as the replanning may demon
strate to be appropriate.”
Fits ADA Program.
That definition fits the purposes
of the dual program authorized by
Congress for the ADA. It was the
general view that Mr. Ihlder's
agency should be the one to do the
rehabilitation should such a pro
gram be undertaken.
Under its grant of powers the ADA
not only can buy and condemn land
for slum reclamation, but it also
can go into vacant areas and erect
housing for families of low' income.
That latter phase of its program is
carried out through loans and grants
from the United States Housing
Authority, of which the ADA is the
local agent.
j Mr. Ihlder said he believed some
additional amendments might be
i necessary before the ADA could un
dertake all the broad proposals in
volved in a basic scheme for urban
rehabilitation, such as is being con
sidered.
Congress has cut off his appro
priations and the present ADA pro
gram has now a revolving fund of
only about $12,000 to carry on its
reciamation of alleys. This fund is
supported in part from rents from
its various housing projects.
Meanwhile, “progress” was re
ported in negotiations for the en
largement of Arlington National
Cemetery and postwar uses to be
made of Fort Washington. These
w'ere matters which first came up a
month ago.
“Impressed” on Housing Tour.
Members of the commission were
“very favorably impressed” with a
number of new developments in the
vicinity of Alexandria and the
j Pentagon Building which they in
j spected yesterday afternoon. Two of
the projects, housing developments
I for Pentagon workers, are said to be
! the largest in this area.
The commission has agreed, it was
reported, to work out a master plan
for the Army and the National
Park Service looking to a permanent
division of the 400 acres of the Fort
Washington reservation. A. E.
Demaray. acting executive officer
for the commission, has been in con
ferences W’ith Brig. Gen. Herbert G.
Holdridge, commanding officer of
the fort.
The problem is complicated be
cause the Army is planning to main
tain a. permanent Adjutant Gen
eral's School on the reservation. The
school now occupies one-half of the
whole area, but the old installations
of Fort Washington are not in use.
Barracks to Be Shifted.
The National Park Service owns
the reservation and wishes to pre
serve the fort as an historic shrine,
since it is located at the Maryland
terminus of the Fort drive. Mr.
Demaray reported that several bar
racks now on the property will be
moved after the war to the area
occupied by the Adjutant General's
School.
While in the Pentagon area the
commission inspected the new
Henry G. Shirley Parkway now
under construction between the War
building and Fort Belvoir. The
two housing projects are located on
the route.
U. of Va. Professor Wins
Award in Chemistry
By the Associated Press. *
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., April 16.
—Dr. John H. Yoe, professor at the
University of Virginia, will receive
the 1943 Charles Herty Award, given
annually by the chemistry depart
ment of the Georgia State College
for Women for outstanding work In
the field of chemistry.
The award was established in 1933
as a memorial to Dr. Charles H.
Herty, Georgia scientist, who num
bered among his accomplishments
discovery of a method of making
paper from pine.
First Child-Care
Center Fund of
$8,500 Received
Three Social Workers
Assigned to Plan to
Aid Employed Mothers
Receipt by the District of $8,500
from the Federal Works Agency for
a child-care center and appointment
of three social workers in the Board
of Public Welfare assigned to the
child day care program today
marked two concrete steps toward
aid for Washington’s working
mothers.
On February 26 FWA announced
the grant of approximately $14,700
for construction and renovation of a
seven-house child-care center on D
street S.E. and $13,000 for its main
tenance and operation. The $8,500
initial payment will cover purchase
of equipment and supplies and three
months’ operation of the center.
The $14,700 'for construction and
renovation has not yet been re
ceived, but bids, nevertheless, were
advertised and received, since the
grant has been officially accepted
by the Commissioners.
In addition to the center on D
street, FWA has announced a
$77,368 grant for 10 nursery school
centers and 10 day-care centers, but
the Commissioners have not yet
been officially notified by FWA of
this grant.
Provide for 800 Children.
These grants are expected to pro
vide care for 800 children, while
Miss Dorothy T. Pearse, director of
services for children of working
mothers in the Board of Public Wel
fare already has several thousand
requests by mothers for day care.
There now are no accommodations
for children's day care in the Dis
trict.
The three social workers appointed
by the Commissioners have set up
an office at 480 Indiana avenue N.W.,
where they will interview working
mothers. When facilities have been
established under the FWA grant,
children 2 to 5 years of age may be
placed in nursery schools and chil
dren over 5 may attend school aid
centers before and after school
hours.
Since February 1 more than 45
per cent of all requests has been
from mothers with children under 2.
These can only be placed in private
day-foster homes which will receive
a fee from the mothers. Many of
the requests have been made by very
young women whose husbands are
in the armed services.
To Counsel Parents.
Mrs. Edith Bostwick has been ap
pointed to counsel parents. She
attended Wellesley, Sarah Lawrence
and Smith College, receiving her
B. A. from the latter, and studied at
the New York School of Social Work.
She has approximately seven years’
experience as a social worker in
New York State.
Miss Margaret Wallace will coun
sel on placement of children in
foster-day-care homes, and Miss
Marjorie B. Baltimore will do the
same work for colored mothers.
Miss Wallace is a graduate of
Trinity College, and has done social
work for public, and Catholic agencies
in Baltimore and Washington. Miss
Baltimore attended Howard Univer
sity and holds a B. A. from Fish
University and a B. S. from Simmons
School of Social Work in Boston
She has been with the Family Serv
ice Association here since 1935.
Senate Group 0. K.'s
Women's Work Bill
Subcommittee .Approves
District Legislation
The bill already passed by the
House to authorize temporary sus
pension of the eight-hour law for
women in Washington where it will
further the war effort was ap
proved late yesterday by a Senate
District subcommittee.
Chairman Bushfield of the sub
committee filed the report, recom
mending the bill’s passage without
amendment. The full committee
must act before the bill can go to
the Senate.
The report pointed out the bill
does not make a general suspension
of the law, but merely vests dis
cretion in the Minimum Wage and
Industrial Safety Board to issue
temporary permits on a satisfac
tory showing that it would be in the
interests of the war to let women in
industry work more than eight
hours in a day or more than six
days in a week.
The subcommittee called the
eight-hour law wise legislation in
normal times and pointed out that
the pending bill would expire auto
matically six months after the war
ends.
Senators Will Attend
Meeting of Legion Posts
Senators Tidings and Radcliffe
and Representative Beall of Mary
land have accepted invitations to
attend a meeting of all American
Legion posts in, Montgomery County
at 8:30 p.m., April 26 at the Silver
Spring Armory.
The county-wide meeting is being
planned in honor of the annual
visit of the Maryland State com
mander, Daniel P. McMullen, the
department adjutant of Maryland,
J. Nelson Tribby, and other Legion
officials. Officers of the District of
Columbia Department also will be
present.
Lowry T. Coe, president of the
Montgomery County Council, will
preside at the meeting and will out
line the functions of the council. A
report will be made on the activi
ties of the council’s Crippled Chil
dren’s Committee by Alfred C. Paul,
chairman.
The committee on arrangements
is composed of Walter S. Davis, com
mander of Cissel-Saxon Post, No.
41, Silver Spring, and representa
tives of Chevy Chase-Bethesda Post
No. 105, and Takoma Park Post,
No. 28.
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Jeep Buying Record Smashed
By Woodrow Wilson High Pupils
Girl cadets at Woodrow Wilson learned today that the
Jeeps they have bought with War bond and stamp purchases go
almost any place. The driver is Lt. Nicholas De Rosa.
—Star Staff Photo.
Woodrow Wilson High School
smashed the city's jeep record today
as enough War bonds and stamps to
buy 22 jeeps were subscribed at en
thusiastic ceremonies in the sta
dium.
Barnard Elementary School and
Macfarland Junior High School
are tied for second place in the
contest with 16 jeeps apiece. Bar
nard is the only elementary school
to climb uo into the same brackets
with the larger junior and senior
high schools. Three of the Barnard
jeeps have been named for alumni
killed in action with the services,
Ensign Donald Augusterfer, Pvt.
Julius Lewis and Naval Air Cadet
Elmer Mantz.
Girl cadets displayed excitement
at Wilson today as Lt. Nicholas De
Rosa and his detail of three jeeps
from Fort Myer took them for a
ride. The vehicles pounded up con
crete steps, down the steep sides of
the stadium and finished with a race
around the track.
OPA Rule Allows Gas
If Tire Inspection
Delay Is 'Justified'
Ban Will Be Lifted
Where Approval Came
60 Days Before Filing
By tht Associated Press.
Motorists who failed to meet tire
inspection deadlines still may qualify
! for gasoline rations by providing a
"good reason" for their delay, the
Office of Price Administration ruled
today.
Under previous regulations, motor
ists not complying with the dead
lines were not eligible for gasoline.
In allowing rations in cases of
"justifiable” delay, the OPA directed
local rationing boards to issue ra
tions, provided the applicant's tires
were inspected and approved within
60 days before filing of the applica
tion.
The deadline for the first tire in
spection for holders of "B” and "C”
rations was February 28. and for
holders of "A” books only, March 31.
Cite* Reason for Order.
The OPA said some motorists, be
cause of personal emergencies, had
been unable to comply with the regu
lation.
The gasoline amendment parallels
an earlier modification in tire ra
tioning regulations.
In another ruling today, the OPA
authorized special gasoline rations
for taking a convalescent from a
hospital or sanatorium to his home.
Extra rations already had been al
lowed to enable a patient to obtain
necessary medical or therapeutic
treatment.
Meanwhile, Representative Weiss,
Democrat, of Pennsylvania, declar
ing that "gasoline is being dumped
back into the ground” by Western
Pennsylvania refineries because
there is no way for them to ship
their surplus, called on the House
Rules Committee yesterday to give
prompt consideration to his resolu
tion calling for a congressional in
vestigation of the gasoline situation
there.
Gas Reported Poured Away.
Mr. Weiss said Western Pennsyl
vania newspapers carried reports of
surplus gasoline being poured into
the ground and of refining opera
tions being halted because the com
panies were unable to get rid of ex
cess fuel.
Secretary of the Interior ^ckes,
meanwhile, told his press conference
that gasoline stocks in Western
Pennsylvania were now "very much
lower” than at the time requests
were made originally that gasoline
allowances in that part of the State
be increased over those for the rest
of the 17-State East Coast district.
Montgomery Hills Hears
Canning Lecture Tonight
Miss Edythe Turner, Montgomery
County home demonstration agent,
will give a practical demonstration
on home canning at a meeting of
the Montgomery Hills Junior High
School Parent-Teacher Association
at 8 o’clock tonight. *
Mrs. Hale F. Sehom will assist In
the demonstration. A nominating
committee to select a slate of offi
cers for the annual election next
month will be appointed by Mrs.
James Wilson, president.
f
Previous to the exhibition of jeeps,
the Wilson Cadet regiment marched
in review. One of the spectators
was a wounded veteran of North
Africa, Pfc. John Larson, 22, of
Baker. Oreg. Wearing the Order of
the Purple Heart and the Silver Star
for gallantry, Pvt. Larson leaned on
his crutches before the microphone
to thank the students for their War
bond purchases.
“Leave your good times out till
after the war.” Lt. De Rosa pleaded
as he followed Pvt. Larson to the
microphone. “Dig down into your
pockets till it hurts to buy bonds."
Dozens of students flocked to tables
where bonds and stamps were sold,
as others besieged the jeep drivers
for rides.
The War bond and stamp drive
labelled specifically for jeeps will
end at the sobools on Monday. The
regular drive will continue for the
rest of the year. About 210 jeeps
are already bought, and more ere
e> pec ted by Monday. The District’s
c;uota in the Nation-wide student
drive is 99 jeeps.
Daily Service Planned
At Pentagon Building
During Holy Week
Congregation of 30,000
War Workers to Hear
Chaplains of Own Faith
Beginning Palm Sunday and con
tinuing during Holy Week and Eas
ter. the 30,000 workers in the Pen
tagon will be given a brief noonday
pause in the war effort for religious
services under chaplains of their
own faith.
Secretary Stimson set the example
Christmas eve when he arranged for
carol singing, thousands of employes
leaving work for a half-hour session
in the court of the building. Now he
has authorized a general observance
in recognition of the spirit of Easter.
It is believed this is the first time
such an arrangement has been made
by a Government department here.
Two Sunday Services.
Since the War Department func
tions seven days a week, the two
Sunday services will be attended by
several thousands of employes. Serv
ices will be held at appointed times
in the auditorium, room 5-A-1070.
The program of services, as an
nounced yesterday, is as follows:
Chaplain C. I. Carpenter of the
Air Forces will conduct Protestant
services Palm Sunday and during
Holy Week at 12 noon, except on
Good Friday, when Chaplain Harry
C. Fraser of the Chief Chaplains
Office will be in charge.
Chaplain Harry Lee Virden of the
Chief of Chaplains Office will lead
the Protestant Easter service at 9:30
a.m. and Chaplain George F. Rixey,
deputy chief of chaplains, will
preach the sermon.
Mass to Be Said Daily.
Masses for Catholic workers will be
celebrated by Chaplain Clement A.
Siwinskl of the Chief of Chaplains
Office Palm Sunday and daily dur
ing Holy Week at 12:45 p.m. and
Easter 12 noon. Stations of the
Cross will be commemorated Good
Friday.
The organists for all services will
be Sergt. Virgil Fox of Bolling Field
and Corpl. David Babcock of Lang
ley Field, Va. Soloists for the Prot
estant services will be Mrs. Ruby
Potter, Miss Arlene Harris, Miss
Lynn Allison and Miss Katherine
Harris.
Bishop Granville Gaylord Bennett
took “The Love of God” as the
theme of his noonday lenten service
yesterday in the Church of the
Epiphany.
"To love God, we must know Him
as He really is,” Bishop Bennett said.
“No child’s conception of Him will
serve man when a crisis comes.
Man’s picture of Him should not be
that of a kindly old man sitting on a
golden throne with His beard blown
to the four winds.
“What is needed Is an adult con
ception of Him that will stand con
sultation when an event occurs be
yond the realm of earthly laws.
He is not an absentee landlord met
ing out remote justice. He is at
hand and all around you. He is a
God of love.
"This love of God we can best
picture by the remembrance of
Christ on Calvary. There was the
love that transcended the chaos of
earthly laws. This is the love that
an adult perception of God will dis
close.”
Services at Epiphany.
In the regular Thursday afternoon
service in the Church, of the Epiph
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New Bus Line
Across Town
Is Authorized
Experimental Service
Via Military Road
Ordered by PUC
The Public Utilities Commis
sion today ordered the establish
ment—on an experimental basis
—of a new crosstown bus service,
effective May 9, which will oper
ate between Wisconsin and West
ern avenues N.W. to Fourteenth
street and Colorado avenue N.W,
via Military road.
The new service was sanctioned
by the ODT with the understanding
there would be no net increase in
the yearly mileage in crosstown
bus service. This will mean a re
duction of mileage on the H-2 line,
the main crosstown service, to com
pensate for the Military road runs.
The commission, therefore, an
nounced the new service would be
experimental and that if the Mili
tary road service does not justify its
installation, its operation should be
discontinued.
Maintenance Costs High.
The commission said it had been
disturbed by the "high mainte
i nance expenditures” on the H-2
; service, caused by the fact the
! Klingle road bridge is not sturdy
) enough to carry the larger buses.
The small buses operated over this
heavily traveled route are subject
to "severe wear and tear” on the
I heavy grades along the route.
Civic leaders who have cam
paigned for a Military road bus
; crossing for Rock Creek Park have
contended establishment of such
I service would greatly lighten the
load on the H-2 line.
The route for the Military road
•service will be from the Capital
Transit Co. streetcar-bus terminal,
near Wisconsin and Western ave
nues. over Western avenue, McKin
ley street. Thirtieth place, Military
road. Concord avenue and Four
teenth stieet to the streetcar-bus
terminal at Colorado avenue. The
western trip follows this route in
reverse.
Route May Be Extended.
The commission said the route
may be extended at the eastern end
to connect with the Georgia avenue
streetcar service, during rush-hour
service. Some 230.000 bus miles per
year must be saved by changes in
the H-2 line to compensate for the
new service. The PUC said this
would be done, in general, by reduc
tion in the service during non-rush
hours and by turning some of the
H-2 buses back on the “inner” sec
tions of the line, such as at Tenlev
Circle. Park Diace and Seventh street
and at Michigan avenue.
Also the commission said the
number of trips between Westmore
land Circle and Tenley Circle may
be reduced from the present week
day number of 140 to about 85. the
number of runs from Tenley Circle
to Park place from 266 to about 220.
The PUC explained that operation
of the new’ line only to Fourteenth
street and Colorado avenue instead
of further east as civic groups had
requested, still would afford contact
with the J-2 buses, which operate
between that point easterly along
Kennedy street and northerly to
Takoma, as well as providing con
nection with services to business
centers on Fourteenth street.
The commission today also or
dered the establishment of a shuttle
bus service during short periods of
morning and evening rush hours, to
operate on Nebraska avenue N.W.
between Tenley and War circles.
This begins next Monday morning
and is primarily for the'benefit of
employes of the Naval Communica
tions Center. The new line is only
for the duration of the war. One
bus is to be used, to make four trips
in the morning before 8 a m. and in
the evening after 4:30 p.m.
I-1
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ivhat yo« Bn? wuu
WAR BONDS
Safety From Infection
If you thought your investment in
Government bonds would save the
life of your own boy or your neigh
bor's boy you would buy every dol
lar's worth you could, wouldn't you?
As a matter of fact your War bonds
have already saved the lives of thou
sands of our soldiers.
Every soldier and every marine
gets a package of sulfanilamide in
his first-aid kit. And this tiny pack
age is a vital item, for it has lit
erally saved thousands upon thou
sands of lives on the battlefields.
The packet of sulfa pills cost 16
cents; in powder form the cost is
3'4 cents. "They give their lives—
you lend your money.”
—United States Treasury Department.
any under auspices of the Washing
ton Federtaion of Churches. Dr.
Orris G. Robinson of the Calvary
Methodist Church, called Jesus "the
great physician you and I need.”
“Jesus was unpopular in his day
and would be so in ours,” said Dr.
Robinson." but that was because he
was Truth. Nonetheless we, too,
must be honest. We must be self
critical and open ourselves to him
for cure. If you have sinhed—and
we all have—do not avoid the truth.
“When you have thus opened your
self to Jesus, you will be clean and
strong. As Paul said, ‘In Him who
strengthens me, I am able for any
thing.’
"Let us be ready for anything.
Let us put our souls in the hands
of Jesus, the great physician.*’
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