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■\ = . , ‘-V\:' -> ' .. 1 . SOCIETY AND GENERAL JANUARY 11, 1944. * n D. C. Board Gets 7,500 'Outside Draft Cases New Set of Orders Issued to Employers On Replacements By MIRIAM OTTENBERG. The cases of more than 7,500 men working in the District, but granted deferments by draft boards in other areas, have been sent to the District appeal board for review, it was learned today. These are expected to be the van guard of a much larger number of cases. Draft boards throughout the country were instructed to forward the cases by January 10, but since the cases are channeled through State headquarters, it may be a week or more, it was said, before all the cases arrive here. The Appeal Board, enlarged by two more panels, will have to decide whether the local boards were justi fied in granting the deferments. The names of members to staff the two additional panels have been recommended by District Selective Service Director Leahy and now await approval from national head quarters and the District Commis sioners. Instructions Issued. Meanwhile, the attitude of Dis trict headquarters toward occupa tional deferments was indicated in the new instructions issued by Mr. Leahy to plants seeking to renew "their replacement schedules by which men are deferred for a speci fied period until they can be re placed and are then withdrawn for service in the armed forces. Here are some of the main fea tures of those instructions: L Older men will be retained in Industry longer than those in the younger' age brackets and non fathers must be scheduled for release ahead of fathers if other factors are reasonably comparable. 2. Nonfathers employed since the current replacement schedules went into effect cannot be considered for deferment and must be scheduled for release in the first month of the renewed schedules unless they are skilled in critical work. Can Consider Fathers. 3. Newly-hired fathers, however, oan be considered for deferment if they are over 25 years of age, were employed before receiving their 1-A notice and are engaged in a shortagl occupation of the type not ordinar ily performed by women or men over 38 years of age. 4. All employes scheduled for re lease during the current six-month schedule who have not yet been in ducted must be scheduled for im mediate release in the first month of the renewed schedule and at least a portion of those who were granted a replacement period of "more than i six months” must be scheduled for' release during the run of the new schedule. Employers were reminded that in! estimating their ability to release men. they should remember that one-third of all registrants are re- \ jected when they come up for in duction. so that some of the men j they release may come back to them. 53 Schedules Operative. It was indicated, however, that men who are not scheduled for re lease during the next six-month period probably will hold their jobs for the duration because by that time employers will be down to "rock-bottom” and won't be able to release any more skilled men. Fifty-three replacement sched ules, affecting a total of 48.510 em ployes. are in effect in the District. Of the total workers, 14.126 are draft eligibles, of which 6.700 are fathers and 7.300 are nonfathers. Among the schedules are six in the Washington Navy Yard, seven in the Navy Department itself, one each in the Navy Research Labora tory and Naval Observatory and the remainder in private industry here. Sasscer Silent on Entry In Senatorial Primary By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 11.—Repre sentative Sasscer, fifth district Dem ocrat, declined comment yesterday on the question of whether he would be a candidate in the senatorial pri mary' contest. When asked about the matter, Mr. Sasscer said he was complimented by the suggestions but was devoting all his time to congressional business. Reports indicated that virtually all of Maryland’s six Representatives would file for re-election with for mal announcement of their candi dacies to be postponed until just before the primary. Takoma Red Cross Unit Will Start Two Classes The annual meeting of the Ta koma Park branch, Montgomery County Chapter, American Red Cross, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 8 Columbia avenue. Mrs. George A. Cook, president, has announced that two Red Cross classes will begin this month. At 7:30 p.m. Monday Mrs. Howard T. Morse will start a class in standard first aid and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday a class in home nursing will be started. They will be held at 8 Columbia avenue and are open to the public. Penn Daw Party Set The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Penn Daw Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a game party at 8 p.m. to morrow in the new firehouse. Mem bers of the committee in charge of arrangements are Mrs. Chalmers Guckert, Mrs. Ethel Devers, Mrs. M. L. Ward, R. V. Arvin and R. E. Cooper. President W. E. Leonard announces the appointment of S. Cooper Dawson and Herbert O. Blunt as building trustees. Dr. Steinmeyer to Speak Dr. R. G. Steinmeyer, professor of political science at the University of Maryland, will speak on “Postwar Problems” at a meeting tomorrow night of the Parent-Teacher Associa tion of the Takoma Park Junior High School at the school on Piney Branch road. Dr. Steinmeyer's talk will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. A brief business session will precede the talk. FOURTH WAR LOAN PLANS MAPPED—Maj. Gen. David N. Grant (right), air surgeon, Army Air Forces, was the guest speaker yesterday at a luncheon meeting in the Mayflower Hotel to discuss plans for the Fourth War Loan Drive here. The picture shows Gen. Grant being greeted by John A. Reilly, chairman of the District War Loan campaign. —Star Staff Photo. _ --_ Bond Drive Leaders Told of Need to Refit Men for Civilian Life Kickoff Luncheon Precedes Drive To Begin Tuesday The money lent to the Govern ment in War Bonds will help not only to win the war, but to refit servicemen for their positions in civilian life, Maj. Gen. David N. W. Grant, air surgeon, yesterday told more than 300 business and civic leaders who attended the kickoff luncheon for the Fourth War Loan campaign in the Mayflower Hotel. The campaign begins officially next Tuesday. "We look upon the great day of the armistice with Germany and Japan as the end of the duration,” Gen. Grant said. "I am sorry to suggest that the duration means the period needed to win the war and then to wipe out its cruel effects, whether this takes 5, or 10 or 50 years.” The Army Air Forces surgeon em phasized that “wre want every man to go back to civilian life ready to cope with its problems.” The dol lars spent for war bonds, he said, are designed to “bring back the boys from each mission and eventu ally to return them to normal life as useful, healthy and happy citi- i zens.” j equipment Costly. Gen. Grant observed that most persons had an idea of the cost of a bomber or a fighting ship, but few Americans realized how much of their bond money is needed to buy such items as first aid and emergency kits, oxygen equipment for high-altitude flying, hospital equipment at advanced bases and medicine and drugs important to save lives and relieve suffering. The air surgeon is responsible not only for providing supplies and equipment to men in the Air Forces, but also for the medical research program, rehabilitation plans for convalescents and air evacuation of the sick and injured. John A. Reilly, chairman of the District War Finance Committee, in issuing final instructions to the cam paign workers, declared that “every ounce of energy you put into this campaign, every extra bond you buy, every patriotic rally you conduct, every extra bond you sell, will hasten the hour of victory.” Mr. Reilly explained that the in crease in the District's quota from $94,000,000 during the last drive to $95,000,000 this time, despite a drop of $1,000,000,000 in the national goal, was based on a study by Treasury officials. Factors considered, he said, were income of the people, deposits of individuals, partnerships and cor porations in our banks, resources of insurance companies, and the fact that substantial investors will again be able to subscribe for their limit of Series E, F and G bonds. oraer must Be Obeyed. "In any event," he said, “as an army on the home front, we have received an order from our superior officer. It must be our privilege as good soldiers to obey.” Tire importance of concentrating on sales of bonds to individuals was emphasized by Robert V. Fleming, president of Riggs National Bank and a member of the Executive Committee of the local War Finance Committee. Mr. Fleming pointed out that individuals in the District will be expected to by $53,000,000 of the total quota. During the last drive, he recalled, the quota for individual purchases was $50,000,000. of which only $45,300,000 was actually raised. "The main objective,” he said, “is to siphon off excess purchasing power resulting froip rising national income in the hands of individuals.” The "inflationary gap” (excess of purchasing power over taxes paid, goods and services available) will be about $47,000,000,000 in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1944 compared with about $34,000,000,000 in the fis cal year ended last June. Bond purchases, he said, must come largely from persons earning between $2,000 and $10,000 a year. Music for the luncheon was pro vided by the Navy School of Music Band. Quota Put at $5,500,000,000. Meanwhile, the Treasury an nounced that the national quota for sales to individuals would be $5,500,000,000, which is $500,000,000 more than the quota for the bond drive last September and $123,000, 000 above the amount actually sub scribed during the last campaign. The quota for sales to individuals in Maryland was set at $93,000,000— $9,000,000 more than the quota for the Third War Loan drive, but $2, 000.000 less than the amount ac tually raised last time. The Vir ginia goal was pegged at $78,000,000, which is $4,000,000 more than the previous quota and $10,000,000 more than the amount actually sold In September. Quotas were reduced In only 10 Budwesky Will Call For Smoke Ordinance Hearings Tonight Alexandria Citizens' Committee Wins Official Support Machinery for enactment of a smoke control ordinance in Alexan dria will be put in motion tonight when City Manager Earl Budwesky will ask the Council to set a date for a public hearing on an ordinance now being prepared by City Attorney Joseph M. Pancoast. While soot control measures have been discussed for some time, the matter came to a head several months ago when a group of resi dents organized a citizens commit tee and distributed circulars asking for support of the program. Charles R. HoofT is acting chair man of the committee which includes Justice Black, Judge Thurman Ar nold, Harry Blair, Charles Booker Powell, secretary; Luther Dudley, treasurer, and Robert C. Whitton. Following the receipt of a number of responses to their circular, the committee wrote letters to the presi dents of all the railroads which pass through the city, and met with officials of the Virginia Public Serv ice Co., whose old plant Is considered responsible for soot in the southeast portion of the city. Residents of the northern and western sections of Alexandria are annoyed mostly by the smoke and soot from the railroads, and the committee says some residents have sold their homes and moved because of the smoke menace. Mr. HoofT said yesterday that the nelp of the Bureau of Mines has been obtained in making suggestions as to how the nuisance can be elimi nated. and to show how other cities have abated the smoke during war time conditions. Officials of the Virginia Public Service Co. have indicated their willingness to co-operate in any practical program, and Mr. HoofT said that the committee has received letters from executives of the Southern, R. F. <fc P., Pennsylvania. B. <fe O.. and the C. & O., stating their willingness to co-operate. Members of the committee have said unofficially that they would ap prove of an ordinance, the enforce ment of which would take wartime conditions into consideration, but which would at least make offenders realize that the soot and smoke , nuisance will no longer be tolerated. ; Four of the nine City Council mem bers are railroad men, while a fifth was a railroad employe until his re tirement several years ago. Draft Boards to Continue Some Physical Tests Bj the Associated Pres*. RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 11.—Acti vation of selective service orders requiring preinduction physical ex aminations of all registrants will not terminate all the work of local board examining physicians. Col. Mills F. Neal, State selective service director, said yesterday. Three general types of examina tion will be required. These will include registrants with “manifestly disqualifying defects” who may asic in advance for local board examina tions, re-examination on request of men who have taken preinduction physicals whose serological tests are positive and tjiose registrants who have been separated from land or naval forces or found not acceptable for military service at the induction station. At the same time, State headquar ters announced that machinery had been set in motion to review ap proximately 33.000 occupational draft deferments by appeal boards in the State. The reviews, including registrants in 2-A and 2-B, are being made after files of registrants so classified have been forwarded to the appeal board. The boards are located at Rich mond, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Lynchburg. of the 51 war loan districts, while five districts had their goals un changed from those of last fall. The Treasury also reported that 100,000 Boy Scouts would be en listed to distribute bond posters In retail stores in 2,900 cities next Saturday—three days before the campaign formally gets under way. The posters will carry the slogan, “Buying a Bond Is No Sacrifice.” Appointment of Edgar Morris, chairman of the Board of Trade Greater National Capital Commit tee, as head of the Business Divi sion in the District’s Fourth War Loan drive was announced yester day by Mr. Reilly. Mr. Morris urged local residents not to wait until they are asked to purchase bonds but to go to an issuing agent “and fulfill their obli gations to our fighting forces.” District Health Best on Record, '43 Data Hints Improved Facilities Given Credit for Lower Mortality Estimated 1943 figures for death rates in major categories will show that the District either bettered its 1942 mark—the best in the records of the Health Department—or that it held Us own, it was learned today from health officials. It was also forecast that the gen eral death rate of 10.8 per 1.000 population established as a new low here in 1942 was maintained last year. The general death rate in the United States in 1942 was 10.4 per 1,000 population. "Despite wartime conditions," de clared Health Officer George C. Ruhland, "preliminary reports in dicate that even lower rates, which are already the lowest in the Dis trict history, can be predicted for 1943, and insofar as death rates are indices, Washington’s health situation is at present most favor able and the future points to further progress.” Tabel Shows Trend. The general death rate, and the death rate for particular causes for 1935, 1942 and the estimated figures for 1943, on the basis of 1,000 popu lation, follows: 1935. 1942. 1943. General death rate: District of,Columbia 14.3 10.8 10.8 United States _ 11 10.4 Infant mortality: District of Columbia 59.2 44.8 40 United States . ... 55.7 40.4 Maternal mortality: District of Columbia 6.1 2.2 1.8 United States. 5.8 2.6 Tuberculosis (Per 100,000): District of Columbia.102.2 72 8 65 United States. 55 43.1 Pneumonia (Per 100,000): District of Columbia. 131.4 60 60 United States 104 2 55.7 If the 1943 estimates prove cor rect. the Health Department figures mean that from 1935 through last year, the general death rate in the District dropped 24.5 per cent, com pared with a drop of 5.5 per cent in the United States from 1935 to 1942. In discussing the Health Depart ment’s part in reducing the death rate here since 1935, officials cite a number of factors, such as the estab lishment of a Bureau of Public Health Nursing, under a full-time director, and bureau for tuberculosis, with expanded clinical service: for mation of a bureau of maternal and child welfare, with a steady increase in the number fo maternal'and child hygiene clinics; expansion of the diphtheria immunization program; addition of a public health engineer to the department's sanitary inspec tion service; establishment of a Bureau of Public Health Instruction: regulations to prevent and control the spread of preventable diseases under a law of 1939, and extension of facilities at Glenn Dale and Gal linger for tuberculosis and the Southwest Health Center. Nursing Service Expands. The generalized nursing service, established in November, 1936, as a Bureau of Public Health Nursing, has increased from 36 nurses to an authorized 165 last year. A Tuber culosis Bureau was set up in 1936, with expansion of clinical service re sulting in 42,972 visits during the fiscal year 1942, compared with 17, 555 in the fiscal year 1936. Since the establishment of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Wel fare in the fall of 1936 the number of maternal hygiene clinics has jumped from three to nine and the number of child clinics from 11 to 15. The number of children im munized against diphtheria in creased three-fold from 1935 to 1942 and during the same period deaths per 100.000 have dropped from 5 to 0.4. In November, 1936, a public health engineer was added to the depart ment as consultant and aide in san itation, housing, air conditioning and heating. In June of the fol lowing year the department launched a program for teaching the public the necessity for per sonal hygiene. The latter part of the 1930s also saw a new tubercu losis building and new adult section at Glenn Dale and a pnuemonia control program carried out in co operation with the medical societies, five full-time resident physicians appointed to Gallinger, a house keeper’s aide project sponsored to help patients at home and the appointment of a full-time director on the Bureau of Venereal Diseases. In June, 1940, the city’s first health center was opened at Delaware ave nue and I street S.W., a communi cable disease code was promulgated, and new medical and tuberculosis buildings at Gallinger were opened. Latest additions at Gallinger include a 100-bed venereal disease center for rapid treatment. Examination to Be Held For Herndon Postmaster • The Civil Service Commission an 1 ounces that an examination will be held in the near future for the posi tion of postmaster at Herndon, Va.. to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mrs. Annie Robey Walker, former postmaster. Additional information on the ex amination may be obtained from the Herndon post office or the Civil Service Commission office in Wash ington. Persons eligible for the ex amination must have lived in the area served by the office at least one year prior to the examination date. Fairfax Rally Planned For War Loan Campaign Robert D. Graham of Fairfax, chairman of the Fairfax County War Finance Committee, announces that arrangements are being com pleted for the Fourth War Loan campaign which opens January 18. One of the features of the local drive will be a rally and auction sale in the Fairfax High School audi torium, at which time a captured German sword and other relics will be awarded to bond purchasers. Ef forts are being made to have an outstanding war veteran address the rally. Fairfax Board Confers on New Zoning Law Proposed Ordinance Would Establish 10 Districts in County The proposed new Fairfax County zoninng ordinance was discussed yesterday at a joint meeting of the County Board of Supervisors and the County Planning Commission. The new ordinance would estab lish 10 districts, including agricul tural, five residential districts, three commercial districts, and an indus trial district. Dwelling density per mitted would vary from three dwell ings per acre in residential district No. 3, to one dwelling on five acres in the agricultural district. The ordinance also would regulate building setbacks in all districts, in-' eluding front, rear and side yards, limit the height of buildings, pro vide for off-street parking space, regulate the erection and size of signs and billboards, and also regu late the establishment on operation of trailer parks. Some Oppose Agricultural Limit. While a number of persons have voiced opposition to the 5-acre min imum for agricultural areas, many others, especially those living in the present agricultural districts, have expressed satisfaction with the pro posed minimum lot area. The usual agricultural operations would be permitted in agricultural districts, also tourist homes, business establishments, airports, hospitals, night clubs and industrial estab lishments engaged in processing agricultural products. One-acre lots would be required in No. 1 residential districts, one half acre lots in No. 2 districts and a maximum number of three dwell ings per acre in No. 3 districts. Subdivision developers would be permitted to include all land dedi cated for public use as a portion of the tract when subdividing, but in no instance would the lot size be any smaller than 7,200 square feet, of a minimum width of 60 feet. Would Limit Billboard Size. Tine measure would prohibit the erection of any sign or billboard: having a larger area than 60 square feet. Trailer park regulations rela tive to sanitary facilities and lot size would be similar to the county trailer ordinance which became ef fective January 1. The agricultural districts would lie chiefly in the magisterial dis tricts of Centerville, Dranesville and lee, and also a portion of Mount Vernon. Residential and industrial areas would be located in Mount Vernon and Falls Church districts and Providence district would be chiefly residential, with a small area being zoned as agricultural. The board will probably authorize the publishing of the proposed ordi nance for a public hearing in the near future. The discussion on the measure was led by Charles C. Wall, Mount Vernon, chariman of the Planning Commission. Oakton School to Resume Classes This Week Classes for pupils attending the Oakton Elementary School in Fair fax County, which was destroyed by fire Thursday night, will be resumed this week, according to County Superintendent of Schools Wilbert T. Woodson. Mr. Woodson said three classes prooably will be held in the Oakton Church of the Brethren, one in the Oakton Methodist Church, one in a hall near Twin Oaks, and the other two in private homes. Faculty members and Mr. Woodson were busy yesterday working out various details for resumption of classes. Books will be furnished by the County School Board to replace those destroyed in the blaze. Mr. Woodson said that work on a new school building will be started as soon as possible, but the new school is not likely to be completed until the fall term. 504 Mules and Horses Sold At Front Royal Auction By the Associated Pr«s. FRONT ROYAL. Va„ Jan. 11.—A total of 504 horses and mules were sold under the auctioneer’s hammer at the Front Royal live stock market yesterday in the first of a three-dav sale of surplus animals from the Government Remount Depot here. The sale drew 3,000 buvers from points as far as Chicago and Atlanta. Approximately 1,000 head remain to be sold. Top price of $485 was brought by a pair of mules. Animals offered were inferior, market officials said, to those to be offered today and tomor row. The average price for horses was $52, while mules brought an average of $139. Best price for a horse dur ing the day was $125. Herring Chosen to Head Fairfax Insurance Firm George W. Herring of Woodbridge, Prince William County, was elected president of the Independent Mu tual Fire Insurance Co. of Fairfax County at the annual meeting of stockholders yesterday at the Alex andria office. Mr. Herring succeeds the late Charles H. Powell. Other officers include: Edward C. Gibbs, vice president; G. Raymond Gaines, secretary treasurer, and M. W. Gaines, Mr. Herring and Mr. Gibbs, members of the Executive Committee. Directors are R. H. Gillingham, F. P. Gillingham, W. F. P. Reid, John M. Reed, A. N. Newhouse, H. s. Bicksler, J. H. Hatcher, R. Jackson Radcliffe, Edwin W. Lynch, George W. Herring, E. C. Gibbs and M. W. Gaines. Flyer Leaves on Honeymoon With Bride He Met 5 Days Ago Maj. and Mrs. Harold M. Brecht as they left Takoma Park Baptist Church after their second wedding ceremony last night. —Star Stall Photo. A bombing squadron commanding, officer and his bride are on their honeymoon today after being mar ried last night in two wedding cere monies which culminated eight months’ correspondence overseas, a five-day whirlwind courtship and a day of hectic attempts to obtain a marriage license here. The bride was Miss Maxine Volga, 20-year-old daughter of Mrs. John Cox of 722 Sheridan street N.W.. and the bridegroom is Maj. Harold M. Brecht. 23, of Okmulgee. Okla., vet eran of 91 bombing missions over New Guinea. Failure to receive an expected waiver of the three-day waiting pe riod for a marriage license in the District almost prevented the couple from holding their wedding in Ta koma Park Baptist Church—a cere mony they decided on Sunday after Miss Volga had accepted Maj. Brecht's proposal. The couple considered going to Maryland but were told a 48 hours' notice is required. Advised that Virginia laws were more lenient, they hurried over to the Arlington Court House, only to be told that since Maxine was only 20, her father's personal consent was nec essary. Here their plans hit another snag, for after Mr. Cox had rushed over, it developed that since he was the prospective brides stepfather, her mother would have to appear. When the last hurdle had been cleared, Miss Volga and Maj. Brecht were married in Clarendon Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Mean while, their friends had been in vited to Takoma Park Baptist Church for the wedding so the couple rushed over, where a second ceremony was performed, followed by a reception. Miss Volga started corresponding with Maj. Brecht after she became friends with his sister. Miss Kath leen Brecht, a fellow worker in the Office of Secretary of War. The couple had never met, however, un til they arrived here last week. The bride is a graduate of Mc Kinley High School and attended Poteet's Business College. Maj. Brecht, who attended the University of Wyoming and com pleted his preflight training at Kelly Field, holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star, Air mans Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster. His bombing squadron was twice cited by the President for outstand ing performances. The couple plan to fly out to Ok lahoma tonight to see Maj. Brecht's family and then to go on to Miami. Fla., where Maj. Brecht reports Sun day for reassignment. Caucus Slated Tonight As Virginia Assembly Prepares to Meet Norris-Appersqn Race For Commission Post Highlighted in Richmond Bj the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Jan. 11.—The race between Senator Robert O. Norris, jr., of Lively and Senator Harvey B. Apperson of Roanoke for the State Corporation Commission vacancy held the spotlight today in discus sions prior to the Senate caucus to night and the convening of the 1944 General Assembly tomorrow. There were no indications that the race would develop a “'dark horse” for the position made vacant by the recent death of Judge Wil liam $Ieade Fletcher, and it was considered likely that the loser of the two candidates would be named president pro tem of the Senate to succeed the late Senator Henry T. Wickham of Hanover. Norris Remains Aloof. Senator Norris, chairman of the caucus, has announced he will take no part in the proceedings tonight because of his candidacy for the commission post. Senator Morton Goode. Dinwiddle was considered the likely choice for the temporary chairmanship. At Harrisonburg, the Rockingham Co-operative Farm Bureau, the largest in the State, with a mem bership of 3.500, said last night it had no preference in the Norris Apperson contest. No contest has appeared in con nection with the organization of the1 House at the Democratic caucus of that body tonight, Stanley Seen as Speaker. Speaker Thomas B. Stanley is the only man mentioned for the speak ership. Col. William Bullitt Fitz hugh is slated for re-election as sergeant at arms, but due to illness will probably be given a leave of ab sence while another is named to serve until his return. The time of the joint caucus of the two houses to name a nominee for the Corporation Commission post and to All vacancies in judgeships has not been decided. Some legis lators expressed the belief the meet ing would be postponed until next week, while others were of the opin ion the two houses would go ahead with these elections this week before starting work on legislation. Gov. Darden gave an off-the-rec ord talk on the new budget at a press conference yesterday afternoon. He will deliver his message to the Leg islature tomorrow and will submit the budget Thursday. Arlington Jewish Group Hears Talk on Dance Mrs. Batya Heller, junior director j sf the Washington Jewish Com munity Center and modern dance artist, entertained members of the Women’s League of the Arlington Jewish Community Center with a lecture-dance demonstration last week at the center, 3150 Wilson Bou levard, Clarendon, Va. Mrs. Heller was introduced by Mrs. Den Grodsky, cultural chairman of ihe Arlington Community Center. 1 Virginia Advisory Unit Would Limit Terms On Institution Boards Report to Gov. Darden Affects School Trustees And Professional Panels By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Jan. 11.—A radical departure from the present system of memberships on college and pro fessional examining boards of the State was recommended in a report of the Virginia Advisory Legislative Council submitted to Gov. Darden today. Under the proposed plan, boards of Virginia Military Institute, Vir ginia Polytechnic Institute, the Uni versity of Virginia and the College of William and Mary would con tinue as they are until the end of the current calendar year, when they would be replaced by 10 member boards. Two members each would be ap pointed for five, four, three, two and one year; subsequent terms w’ould be a uniform five years for all members. Succession would be limited to one reappointment. Would Have Five Members. The Council further recommend ed that the 13 State examining boards be similarly made up—with five members, however, instead of ten like the college boards. The Council took no judicial notice of the recommended combination of the University of Virginia with Mary Washington College, or V. P. I. with the State Teachers’ College at Rad ford. Bills containing the details of all the reorganization plan have not been drawn up yet and technicali ties of the whole proposed system remain to be determined. Under the Council’s proposals the Governor would make all appoint ments, although alumni of schools would be asked to submit a list of three names for each vacancy. Reappointment Called Habit. Tlie Council said that rotation in office is one of the fundamental principles on which "our political system” is founded? "However.” it added, "over the years the custom of reappointing the incumbent has become so strong that it has well nigh developed into an inviolable precedent. Both the person who fails to be reappointed and his friends take it as a personal affront when, in a rare case, reappointment is not made * * *” The examining boards which would be affected would include those deal ing with accountancy, architects, engineers and surveyors, contractors, mine examiners, nurse examiners, optometry examiners, pharmacy, photographers, veterinarians, li brarians, funeral directors and em balmers and medical and dental examiners. Mrs. Brookhart Memorial The Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Memorial Methodist Church, Hyyattsville, Md„ will hold a memorial service for Mrs. Smith W. Brookhart, wife of the former Senator fj;om Iowa at 10:30 a.m. to morrow. Mrs. Brookhart. who was a charter member of the society, died December 30 in Prescott, Ariz. Randolph Asks Views on Care Of Mentally III Requests Advice On Patients From 'No-Man's Land' By DON S. WARREN. * District officials were invited today by Chairman Randolph of the House District Committee to give their views on his bill to apply District laws and to open District institu tions to the care of mentally sick persons found in Government build ings in the “no-man's land” area along the Virginia shore. The emergency measure, intro duced yesterday at the request of the Mental Health Subcommittee of the District Medical Society, leaves unsettled the question as to who would pay the hospital bills for per sons not found to be legal residents of the District. Plans Immediate Study. Mr. Randolph said he would make an immediate study of this question and that there would be time to insert proper provisions before the bill comes up for action. He added he would welcome the advice of the Commissioners and other interested parties. Budget Office Walter L. Fowler said he felt the cost in such cases should be borne by the United States if the States would not accept the charge; that he could see no reason why the costs of care and mainte nance of non-District residents should be placed on District tax payers, although agreeing that lack of mental health facilities in nearby Virginia may require some new ar rangements. Under District law, indigents of this jurisdiction are given free hos pital care, but a graded scale of charges is provided for those found able to pay part or all of the ex penses. After a mental case has been adjudicated, the court decides who pays the costs of institutional care. Problem Is Actual. That the District’s financial prob lem of caring for the insane and mentally defective that come here from all over the country is actual and not theoretical is shown in con gressional hearings on the District budgets, including that for the past fiscal year. At that time Budget Officer Fowler submitted data to the O'Mahoney Senate Subcommittee quoting Census Bureau reports for 1937 showing the District had 618 mental patients per 100,000 popula tion, whereas the average for the Nation was but 282.9 per 100,000. He recalled that Dr. Winfred iOverholser, superintendent of St. j Elizabeth’s Hospital, testifying on the Federal Security Agency bill for 1942. offered two reassn for the large percentage of insane in the District: | That the District is urban and “pe culiar conduct” that is permitted in 'rural areas is not tolerated here, and that since the District is the 1 Nation’s Capital many individuals of unsound mind come here to offer their ideas and services to the Fed eral Government. Mr. Fowler stressed that if the jurisdictional residence of these in sane cannot be determined, after their apprehension and commit ment to St. Elizabeth’s, thev remain as charges to the District. The cost of "District” patients at St. Eliza beth's Hospital this fiscal year is $3,250,080. He made the point also that relatives of persons found of unsound mind prefer that thev be cared for at St. Elizabeth’s, “the I °es*: hospital in all the world,” and, consequently "they are dumped on the District of Columbia.” It was explained on the Senate side of the Capitol that in one re spect handling of mental cases— the new Randolph bill was similar in purpose to that of Chairman Mc Carran of the Senate District Com mittee which would apply all Dis trict laws to the federally owned properties in nearby Virginia. Fire Slightly Damages Chevy Chase Post Office Fire slightly damaged the Chevy Chase (Md.) Post Office and Citizens’ Committee Building. 5908 Connecti cut avenue today. Smouldering logs left overnight in the fireplace of the library reading room, which occupies part of the building, are believed to have ignited structural woodwork. Patrolman M. K. Roberson of the Chevy Chase Police Department dis covered the blaze and summoned the Bethesda and Chevy Chase Volun teer Fire Companies. Daily Rationing Reminders^ Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps D, E and F valid through January 20. Stamps G, H and J valid through February 20. Meats, Fats, Etc.—Book No. 3, brown stamps R, S and T valid through January 29. Book No. 4, spare stamp No. 2 good for five points of fresh pork and sausage through January 15. Points for Fats—Your meat dealer will pay you two ration points for every pound of waste kitchen fats you turn in. Sugar—Stamp 29 in Book No. 4 good for 5 pounds through January 15. Stamp 30 valid for 5 pounds Jan uary 16. Shoes—Stamp No. 18 in Book No. 1 and stamp 1 on the “airplane” sheet of Book No. 3 valid now for an indefinite period. Gasoline—No. 8 A coupons good for 3 gallons each until February 8. B, B-l, C and C-l coupons good for 2 gallons each. These coupons will expire on date indicated on individual books. B-2 and C-2 coupons in books issued since De cember 1 are good for 5 gallons each. Tire Inspection Deadlines—For A coupon holders. March 31. Fuel Oil—Period No. 2 coupons, valid now, expire February 8. Period No. 3 coupons, valid now, remain valid through March 14. No. 2 and 3 coupons good for 10 gallons per unit. According to the Dis trict OPA. consumers in this area should not have used more than 43 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil ration as of January 10.