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WASHINGTON AND VICINITY WASHINGTON, D. C. —1 "" " 11 1 ■ ' - . .V JEtimittg J&far' SOCIETY AND GENERAL JANUARY 26, 1944. * B t Court Test Seen On Potomac Bus Fare Cut Order ICC Finding Will Affect Thousands Of Federal Workers A court fight appeared in the making today in the wake of the Interstate Commerce Commission finding ordering a new system ol reduced trans-Potomac bus fares for the Capital Transit Co. and three Virginia lines which will affect thou sands of Government workers in the War and Navy Departments. The local company and Arlington & Fairfax Motor Transportation Co., Washington, Virginia & Maryland Coach Co. and Alexandria, Barcroft Washington Transit Co. have until March 13 to place the new fares into effect. Meanwhile, there were indications that one or more of the companies would appeal to District Court. Any court action on an ICC finding of this sort must be acted on by a three-judge statutory tribunal. Three-Point Ruling. Virtually all of the recommenda tions made by the War and Navy Departments during hearings last summer were granted in yesterday's report, including the suggestion that for fare purposes, the Pentagon Building be considered in the Dis trict. The ICC ruled: 1. That the Capital Transit Co. extend its regular local fare (10 cent cash, weekly pass and tokens), including transfer privileges, to and from all points served by the com pany in the District to and from the Pentagon Building. At present, the company operates a shuttle serv ice which costs 5 cents cash after use of token, pass or transfer. Straight cash fare without prior use of local facilities is 15 cents. 2. The Virginia lines may con tinue charging 10 cents cash fare to the Pentagon, Navy Annex, Army Air Forces Annex or National Air port, but they shall institute be tween their Washington terminals and the installations served tokens selling three for 25 cents—the same as the District token fare. The Com mission failed, however, to recom mend here a system of passes as suggested during the hearings. 3. That all companies shall insti tute joint fares, calling for a 12 ticket book to sell at $1.60, which would be equivalent to 13y, cents. The book would be used for multi ple trips to the area and would be good on any of the lines. Seven of 10 Concur. The report found seven members of the commission concurring, two dissenting in full and one dissent ing in part. It was noted that Com missioner William Patterson, who presided at the lengthy hearings which opened August 18, was one of two commission members who registered a full dissent. In a 19-page report, the commis sion declared, among other things, that it had authority under the Interstate Commerce Act to pre scribe fares between points in the District and the areas involved. In this connection, it observed: "The transit company (Capital) Is not now, although it may have been in the past, a street electric passenger railway in the usual sense of that term. It conducts bus operations throughout the District and in adjacent territory, and the total mileage operated by its buses and streetcars is about the same.” Business Area Extension. Claiming that the' nearby Gov ernment buildings were to all in tents and purposes an extension of the main business area of Wash ington, the report declared: "This is urban mass transporta tion between points in the District Und points in Virginia just beyond the District-Virginia line and is the same in all essential charac teristics as the transportation be tween residential areas of the Dis trict and commercial and Govern ment establishments in the Dis trict.” Commissioner Patterson held that the ICC was without jurisdiction over any transportation performed by the Capital Transit and that it was further without jurisdiction to prescribe a level of single-line or joint-line fares dependent on the purchase of more than one ticket or token at a time. Nursing Class Planned At Alexandria Hospital A spring class will begin at the Alexandria Hospital School of Nurs March 15, it was announced yes terday by Mrs. Irene Roszel, director (if the school. *’ The school, which was opened in October after a lapse of several years, now has a class of 20 regis tered. all but one of whom is a Member of the Cadet Nurse Corps, jji; Headquarters of the school are In Carter Hall, recently purchased tty the hospital from St. Marys i^cademy and renovated. •Mrs. Roszel said there will be room ;for 30 students in the spring class and that applicants may register as Members of the Cadet Nurse Corps Or as private students. There are scholarships available for any who do not wish to become cadet nurses. Applications may be made any time to Mrs. Roszel at the Alexandria Hospital. Students must be between 1712 and 30 years of age, must be high school graduates with at least two units in science and must pre sent satisfactory references and pass the required physical examination. Dr. P. C. Jett Elected PRINCE FREDERICK, Md., Jan. 86 (Special).—The Calvert County Medical Society has elected Dr. Page J C. Jett president. Other officers are: Vice president, Dr. George J. Weems: secretary, Dr. Everard Bris coe, and treasurer, Dr. I. N. King. i Save This Newspaper ■J; Many paper mills are shut hj ting down for lack of waste paper to convert into cartons for Army and Navy supplies j shipped overseas. Every pound * of old newspapers and maga zines is needed. Telephone your nearest school or notify some school child in your block to l^gve your paper picked up. CENTRAL CITY, COLO.—SUB SKELETON—A close-up view of the corroded iron-and-wood frame of an experimental submarine raised yesterday through a hole cut in the thick ice of Missouri Lake, high in the Rockies. The workmen give an idea \jf the size of the boat, which failed to surface after its first dive 45 years ago. _A. p. Wirephoto. Postwar Planners Set to Organize In Montgomery Committee to Hold First Meeting Next Wednesday In Silver Spring The newly-appointed Montgomery County Advisory Committee on Postwar Planning will hold its first meeting at 8 p.m. next Wednesday in the hearing room of the Mary land-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Building on Colesville road in Silver Spring. The committee was appointed yesterday by the county commis sioners to aid them in planning county projects to provide employ ment after the war. In a resolution establishing the committee, the board pointed out that public improvement projects which will furnish employment dur ing the period of postwar readjust ment must-be planned now. The resolution asserted that it will be the obligation of the State and local government to furnish employment not provided in pri vate industrial programs. Lt. Col. E. Brooke Lee. member of the Park and Planning Commis sion and chairman of a committee on public activities of the Maryland Postwar Reconstruction and De velopment Commission, heads the county advisory group. Secretaries are Richard H. Akers, president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, vice chairman, and Mrs. Dorothy Kurtz, executive secre tary of the county Welfare Board, and Fred W. Tuemmler. director of planning for the Park and Planning Commission. Approximately 270 county resi dents. including representatives of civic, fraternal and business organi zations, have been appointed to the committee. Gas Station Approved For Seminary Hill Area A gasoline filling station for the Seminary Hill section of Alexandria was assured last night when the City Council rezoned a portion of the Donaldson tract. Seminary and King roads, for commercial use and granted the Texas Co. permission to erect a station there. The rezoning was involved in an agreement whereby the Donaldson family gives the city a right of way at the intersection in order to make certain street improvements and to eliminate a serious traffic hazard. The city agreed to bear the cost of the necessary curb and gutter in stallations. The council received a letter from the Securities and Exchange Com mission on the acquisition of the Virginia Public Service Co. by the Virginia Electric Power Co. The council will meet tomorrow night to discuss the letter. A petition was received from resi dents of the 100 block of East Del Ray avenue asking for improve ments of their sanitary sewer line. The matter was referred to the city manager and the city engineer. Prince Georges Hospital To Open February 6 The Prince Georges County Hos pital at Cheverly will open to re ceive both medical and surgical patients shortly after an open house, at the institution February 6, hos pital officials announced today. Hospital officials said the institu tion is almost completely furnished and medical equipment is rapidly being installed. William A. Carson, head of the Board of Directors, said invitations to attend the open house have been sent State and county officials. The committee planning the open house includes J. Russell Jones, Wil liam A. Duvall, Mrs. Betty Hayman, William Bowie and Mrs. Daisy La Coppidan. Prince William Soldier Killed in South Pacific Special Dispatch to The Star. MANASSAS, Va„ Jan. 26.—Roy Mitchell Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Patterson of Bethel, Prince William County, died January 4 from wounds received in the battle of Bougainville, according to word received by his parents from the War Department. Mr. Mitchell, who was born near Woodbridge, had lived in the county until he was inducted in 1942. Be sides his parents, he is survived by four sisters, Misses Ada, Marjorie and Elsie Patterson, Woodbridge, and Mrs. Clarence Davis, Dumfries. Dr. Graham to Speak At Garden Meeting Dr. Castillo J. Graham of the University of Maryland will speak on "Insects and Diseases of Garden Plants” at 8 pm. tomorrow at the Silver Spring Dispensary Building on Colesville road. His lecture will be the fourth in a series on Victory gardens sponsored by the Montgomery County Victory Garden Committee. 1 r Five Nearby Maryland Men Pass State Bar Tests Five residents of Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties are among 25 persons who have passed the Maryland bar examinations held last month, the State Board of Law Examiners announced today in an Associated-Press dispatch from Bal timore. They are: F. W. Vanderhoff, Suitland; Berne C. Huntt, Mount Rainier. B. J. Van denberg, Silver Spring; E. M. Amundson. Takoma Park, and W. H. Moorman. Chevy Chase. IGaming, Liquor Law Enforcement Pledged In Prince Georges Colmar Manor Council Holds Special Session On Wolfe Statement Assurances that any liquor or gambling violations reported in Col mar Manor will be investigated and prosecuted were given by Prince Georges County law enforcement officials last night at a special meet ing of the Colmar Manor Town Council. Shortly after the meeting. County Police Chief Ralph W. Brown and Henry Caspare, jr„ head of the town police force, arrested William Red mond, an employe of the Pincus Grill, in the 3800 block of Bladens burg road, on a charge of selling beer to a minor. Strict enforcement of the law was promised by Chief Brown after Mayor John N. Torvestad'said the meeting had been called to discuss a statement made recently by Perce Wolfe, zoning officer of the Mary land National Capital Park and Planning Commission, concerning alleged gambling violations in the town. Among those attending the meet ing were State’s Attorney A. Gwynn Bowie, William A. Carson, chair man of the Board of County Com missioners; Mrs. Mary W. Browning, chairman of the County Liquor Board, and Sheriff Earle Sheriff. After Mr. Wolfe, who also had been invited to attend, failed to ap pear, the council adopted a resolu tion instructing the two police chiefs ■ to ask Mr. Wolfe to exlain his statement. According to Mayor Torvestad. the zoning officer had !charged that "certain establishments | are flagrantly violating the law’’ in j the town. While acknowledging receipt of the invitation. Mr. Wolfe contended in a letter to the Mayor that he had been "completely misquoted." He added: "I am a public official concerned in performing the duties assigned to me and do not feel that I can take part in a public discussion de voted to the enforcement of gamb ling laws in your community.” Sergt. Hatch to Address Alexandria Bond Rally Staff Sergt. Norman Hatch, ma rine combat photographer, will ad dress approximately 800 employes of the Eastern area of the Red Cross at a War Bond rally at head quarters in Alexandria at 11 a m. to morrow. Sergt. Hatch was with the first troops to land at Tarawa and his photographs are considered among the finest of the war’s news pic tures. Tomorrow's rally has been ar ranged by Ramone S. Eaton, man ager of the Eastern area, who has appointed John L. Teets as chair man of the arrangements. t Mrs. Mary Curtis Studer is chair man of the Program Committee, David Sanderson heads the bond sale group and Lake Russell is in charge of facilities. Funeral Rites Tomorrow For Lt. R. D. Aitcheson Funeral services for Lt. Robert D. Aitcheson, 21, Army Air Forces bomber pilot and son of Mr. and Mrs. William Aitcheson, Beltsville, Md., will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, Beltsville, with burial in Fort Lin coln Cemetery. Lt. Aitcheson, who had been in the Army since 1942, when he left the University of Maryland, was killed Saturday in an automobile accident at Minden, La. He was stationed at Barksdale Field, La. Besides his parents, a sister, Mrs. Marian A. Updike, Washington, and a brother, Lt. William W. Aitcheson, U. S. N. R., survive. Mabel Boardman Slated To Christen Tanker Miss Mabel T. Boardman, 1801 P street N.W., American Red Cross secretary since 1919 and one of the incorporators of the organization when it was authorized by Congress in 1900, will christen the 16,000-ton tanker, Duquesne, which will be launched at the Bethlehem-Spar rows Point shipyard at Baltimore Saturday, company officials an nounced. The Duquesne is the last of a series of 13 built for the Maritime Commission. County, State Officials To Meet O'Conor on Teacher Bonus Plan Conference Scheduled Tomorrow on Problem Of Continuance By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS. Jan. 26.—Represent atives of the State Department of Education and county commissioners will meet with Gov. O'Conor and the Board of Public Works tomorrow to oonfer on continuance of the teach ers' $20 monthly extra payments until January, 1945. "Boiyus" appropriations to teach ers—authorized by the 1943 General Assembly—granted public school teachers making under $3,000 an nually $200 over the 10-month period of July 1, 1943, through April 1. 1944. A county may receive an addi tional allotment from the State of $27 per teacher for the seven months of April. June, September, October. November, December, 1944. and January, 1945—providing the county commissioners pay $113 per teacher between July 1, 1942, and January 1, 1945. Only Two Qualified. However, the State controller’s of fice reported today that only Mont gomery and Baltimore Counties had certified they would meet their share of the additional "bonus” which would carry the teachers to the next session of the Legislature in Janu ary. The counties must qualify by January 1. The Department of Education has explained that a critical shortage of teachers—already apparent in several c o u n t i e s—would result throughout the State's educational system unless the remaining coun ties agreed to pay the $113 per teacher. The department also stated that some provision should be made by the Governor to continue extra pay i ments from January, 1945. to July 1 of that year when an expected addi tional legislative appropriation would become effective. Montgomery Gets $14,418. i Referring to the controller's re ; port, the Governor said that Mont ! gomery County had received $14. 418. protecting increases for 534 teachers for the April, 1944-January, 1945, period. The Board of Public Works will determine. Gov. O'Conor added, what will be done with the remain ing portion of this $115,000 appro priation if the counties fail to cer tify their readiness to make up their share of the plan. Mrs. Frank S. Ward Dies in Auto Crash Mrs. Eva S. Ward, 66, of Hunt ing Hill, wife of Frank S. Ward, prominent Rockville merchant, died early today in the Montgomery County Hospital at Sandy Spring from injuries received yesterday when her automobile crashed into a bridge abutment on the Rock ville-Darnestown road about 4 miles from Rockville. Montgomery County police said Mrs. Ward was alone in the car. She was taken to Rockville by Ralph Counselman, Potomac, and was later removed to the hospital. Mrs. Ward, a native of Washing ton, had lived in Montgomery County for 25 years. Her husband is a member of Ward Bros., a general mercantile firm at Rockville. Surviving, besides her husband, are a sister, Mrs. William Davis, Hunting Hill, and a brother, Horace Donnelly, Washington. Funeral ar rangements have not been com pleted. Baltimore Shipyard To Probe Union Charges By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 26.—Bethle hem-Fairchild shipyard officials will assist the Maritime Commission in investigating production and man power policies of the yard, J. M. Willis, vice president and general manager, said yesterday. Mr. Willis, commenting on the commission’s announced intention of looking into charges brought by a CIO union, said that the com pany had received no official com plaints from Local 43, Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, but that every assistance would be given investi gators. Union representatives have pre sented to the commission a brief of charges which included deliberate slowing down of production and refusal of the company to settle grievances. ! Veterinarian Named Special Dispatch to The Star. MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 26.—Dr. Theodore O. Downing, Petersburg, has been named to succeed Dr. E. S. Johnson as State veterinarian for this section with headquarters here. Dr. Downing is an alumnus of VPI and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson, who nas been here for several years, left this week for Rushville, Ind., where he will enter private-practice. Cake Postpones Resignation at Gallinger Won't Leave Patients; Dispute Over Guffey Letters Continues The “Guffey letters” still held the limelight in the long-drawn-out Dis trict health row today, yhile in an other development, Dr. Charles P. Cake, tuberculosis ward chief at Gal linger Hospital, decided to hold off on his resignation so patients might not lack care. Dr. Cake’s dismissal was demanded by a Senate investi gating committee last fall and he disclosed yesterday that his resig nation had been submitted. In the wake of charges and coun ter charges, further developments are expected late in the week on the unsettled question of how pho tostat copies of two letters of Sen ator Guffey, Democrat, of Pennsyl vania, concerning the assignment of his personal physician to District health work, had become public. Letters Called Confidential., The contents of the letters con cerning Dr. Eugene de Savitsch, one addressed to Commissioner John Russell Young and the other to Commissioner Guy Mason, were brought to light Monday by Mrs. Ruth Buchanan, one of the city’s most active civic workers. Senator Guffey issued a statement in which he said the letters were re leased "from the confidential files of the District Commissioners by Com missioner Mason.” Mr. Mason, however, followed this with an explanation that the letters had been photostated, without the consent and knowledge of the Com missioners. by Health Officer George C. Ruhland, and added that contents had been given out by Mrs. Bu chanan. Denies Ruhland to Blame. Advised of Commissioner Mason’s statement, Mrs.* Buchanan retorted. "I deny most emphatically that Dr. Ruhland had anything to do with my knowledge of the letters.” Mr. Mason said the office stamps on the two Guffey letters showed that they had been received by the Commissioners and forwarded to the Health Department. He said that when Dr. Ruhland was asked about the photostatic copies, the health officer admitted he was responsible for their reproduction. When Mr. Mason was asked if his remarks about Dr. Ruhland’s part in the episode constituted a repri mand, he replied: "Put your own construction on it.” After a conference of more than an hour yesterday afternoon, at Which Dr. Ruhland was present, Mr. Mason would make no com ment on what had been discussed and Dr. Ruhland declined to talk about the photostating of the let ters. Date Back to July. 1942. The letters of Senator Guffey, dating back to July and December, 1942, concerned the assignment of Dr. de Savitsch for hospital work. The city heads have declined to re lease any portion of the flies on the De Savitsch matter. Mr. Mason left the city last night on a long-planned trip to visit his wife on her birthday in North Carolina, where she has been for several months because of ill health. Commissioner Young said no fur ther statements would be forthcom ing on the Health Department until Mr. Mason returned Friday. The department is one of those under Mr. Mason. Chairman McCarran of the Sen ate District Committee said he be lieved publication of the Guffey let ters. which criticized Dr. Ruhland, should not have any influence on the committee as to its actions on the Gallinger investigation report. W on t Affect Situation.” “I believe it should not affect the situation one iota,” he declared, adding that this was applicable to either side of the issue about ousters. He said he regarded the Guffey letters as "irrevelant, in competent and immaterial” so far as the Gallinger investigation re port was concerned. Senator Bushfleld, Republican of South Dakota, a member of the Gallinger investigating group, said he had recently seen a copy of the Guffey letters but would make no comment on them. As to the ouster recommendations in the report, Senator Bushfleld said: “Speaking for myself, I ex pect to press for action, either adoption or rejection." Statement Issued. In a formal statement on his resignation, issued last night, Dr. Cake stated: “On Monday, January 24, I pre sented my resignation from the position of chief medical officer of the tuberculosis diyision of Gallin ger Hospital, effective April 25. 1944. Availing myself of accumulated an nual leave, this meant that I would leave the hospital on February 1. The acting superintendent of the hospital. Dr. D. L. Seckinger, and Commissioners Mason and Kutz re quested that I reconsider this ac tion, but in the circumstances, I feel that to be inadvisable. How ever, at the request of the Com missioners, I have agreed to con tinue at the hospital temporarily as my departure would leave nd one to care for the 215 patients in the tuberculosis division.” Doctors Threaten to Quit. Earlier in the day, Commissioner Mason had stated that doctors were “threatening to quit” Gallinger be cause of the attitude of the Senate District Committee, particularly over Dr. Cake and Dr. Joseph Gil bert, head of psychiatry at the in stitution. In discussing his meeting Mon day with the Senate District Com mittee, which is considering the subcommittee report demanding the removal of Mr. Mason, Dr. Ruhland and Dr. Gilbert, Mr. Mason said nc agreement was made with the com mittee except to see that Gallinger Hospital was made to function “as it should,” and that a copy of the report of three doctors investigat ing the psychiatric ward would be turned over to them when ready. The doctors investigating the ward are Dr. Winfred Overholser, head of St. Elizabeth’s; Dr. Samuel W. Hamilton, of the Public Health Service, and Dr. Frederick Parsons of New York. . MEMORIAL ESTABLISHED TO WILBUR JOHN CARR—Cla rence A. Aspinwall, Garfield Hospital president, receives a check from Lt. Comdr. Keith Merrill for a memorial room to the late Wilbur Carr, former Assistant Secretary of State and Minister to Czechoslovakia. The ceremonies, held yesterday afternoon at the hospital, were attended by Mrs. Carr and representatives of the State Department. The fund was raised by friends of Mr. Carr, who at the time of his death was a member of the Garfield Board of Directors. —Star Staff Photo. Conference Planned On Venereal Disease In Prince Georges County Commissioners Will Be Represented At February 2 Meeting The Prince Georges County Com missioners will be represented at a meeting of State and county! health officials at 8 p.m. February 2 in the County Service Building, j Hyattsville. to discuss methods of halting the spread of venereal disease among war workers and members of the armed forces sta tioned in the county, it has been announced. An invitation to attend was ex- > tended to the board at its meeting yesterday in a letter from Dr. John M. Byers, county health officer. Dr. Byers pointed out that sev eral taverns in the county already have been declared out of bounds for soldiers at the Camp Springs airfield because the establishments violated military health require ments. Dr. N. A. Nelson, deputy State health officer in charge of venereal disease control work, will be the principal speaker. Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investiga tion, the American Social Hygiene ! Association and the Social Protec ; tk>n Division of the Federal Se curity Agency also will attend. A delegation from the Laurel Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association appeared before the board to urge that the county fur nish soap and paper towels in all county schools. The group also urged that the school playground be surfaced in view of its swampy condition, that the number of text books be in creased and that light facilities be improved. While the commissioners agreed to furnish the soap and paper towels, they pointed out that the other three 1 requests should be placed before the Board of Educa tion. Lecture Course Arranged For Public Health Corps A series of nine two-hour lec tures will begin February 2 at the Suburban Hospital on Georgetown road, Bethesda. as part of the ori entation course for the newly or ganized Public Health Volunteer Corps, Mrs. John Ward Cutler, president of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Lay Health Committee, an nounced today. The lecture course, according to Mrs. William Howell Wells, chair man of volunteers in. the health group, is open to all residents of Montgomery County interested in learning more about public health work. Lectures will be given usually from 10 a.m. until noon and are scheduled also for February 4, 8. 9, 11. 16. 18, 23 and 25. Lecturers will include specialists in various fields of public health, including Dr. V. L. Ellicott, Mont gomery County health officer. Among subjects to be discussed will be the work of the public health departments, public health nursing, maternal welfare and child hygiene, dental and eye subjects, tubercu losis and other clinic work, venereal diseases, responsibilities in public health volunteer work and social welfare activities. Further information may be se cured from the Health Center, Oliver 6700. Arlington School Board Studies Nursery Plans The Arlington County School Board last night took under advise ment the proposal of the County Child Care Committee that public nursery schools be establishes Fletcher Kemp, school superin tendent, who presented recommen dations of Mrs. Hazel Moore, child care counselor, that such schools be inaugurated, said today that the board had reached no decision but requested further time in which to ascertain county needs. • Mrs. Moore’s recommendations, the outcome of a county survey, pre viously had been accepted by the Child Care Committee and referred to Mr. Kemp. The board moved to make imme diate application for a grant for the construction of a high -chool in the south end of the county, but went on record as opposing Federal-con structed school buildings. Mr. Kemp was to confer today with Federal Works Agency officials on building the high school. Jewish Group to Meet . Plans for meeting its expanding activities will be discussed by mem bers of the Arlington Jewish Com munity Center at a meeting Sunday evening at the Colonial Village Ball room, North Troy street and Wilson boulevard, Harold C. Wilienfsld, president, ennouneed today. Alexandrians Discuss Plans jor Disposition 01U. S. War Housing Mayor Elected Chairman Of Group to Ask Voice In Postwar Demolition The first step in organizing a council for planning postwar hous ing was taken in Alexandria last night at a meeting of the City Coi-n cil with members of the Planning Commirsion, the Alexandria Hous ing Authority and the War Housing Center Advisory Committee. Mayor William T. Wilkins was elected chairman of the group, which I met to work out a plan to present! to Federal authorities on disposition of defense housing at the conclu sion of the war. City Manager Carl Budwesky told the meeting that with legislation imminent communities should re sist any arrangement that would leave the entire matter in the hands of a Federal agency. Want Voice After War. He said communities were help less when the housing was con structed under the Second War Pow ers Act in disregard of' air local planning, zoning and building laws, and in view of the fact that local communities have serviced the proj ects during the war. it is not un reasonable for them to ask for some voice in their .eventual disposition. He added, hbwever, that it is un reasonable to suppose that the Gov ernment would consider any request ;for immediate demolition of all war housing and that the best results can be obtained if the community pre sents a broad plan to Federal au thorities before legislation can be enacted which would rob the com munities of the right to have any say in the matter. Members of all groups present agreed that local groups should have some authority in the disposition of the housing, especially that built in disregard of local laws. Richard Offers Resolution. Glenn Richard, a member of the Alexandria Housing Authority and of the War Housing Center Advis ory Committee, presented some of the results of a study he had made on the subject, together with a pro posed resolution to the effect that the disposition of war housing is a matter for local determination. He asked that the resolution be adopted and sent to the proper Federal and State authorities. He said cities as a whole have done very little about the matter and that Alexandria can set a pat tern which other communities can follow in setting up a housing and planning council and making known its desires to the Government. Mayor Wilkins expressed belief that the resolution needed study by the group involved before its adop tion, and suggested recessing the meeting until Tuesday, before which time committees from each of the four groups will study the resolution to report back to the meeting. Montgomery Board Fills Two County Positions The Montgomery County Com missioners yesterday appointed Mrs. Margaret Huffman Rouleau, 3522 S street N.W., formerly of Silver Spring, as a county public health nurse., effective February 15. She will receive an annual salary of $1,600 and will be allowed 6 cents a mile for transportation or a min imum of $25 a month. She replaces Miss Adelaide Horner, resigned. The board also appointed William J. Malone, Cabin John, an emer gency policeman to succeed Earl Buscher. resigned. He was named for 60 days from February 1 and his salary was fixed at $175 a month. Emergency policemen reappointed for 60 days were David E. Bissett, Millard L. Broadhurst, Eugene E. Brown, Gorman L. Butler, Robert L. Cosgrave, Clarence B. Crown, Bernald L. Davis, Calvin C. Davis, Clafence S. Gray, Thomas J. Hard ing, Jacob E. Harmon, Walter C. Heflin, Leo C. Hull, Palmer L. Hurd, Fred B. Johnson, Edward L. Lech lider. Coy Moorefield. H. Leroy Mul linix, Charles C. Pearson, Frank E. Schell, Earl E. Seek, Harry B. Smith, Leo O. Stevens, Newton C. Stull, Leo J. Walper, Ralph C. Ward, Joseph W. Ward, Lloyd Michael Whalen, Lawrence H. Wil lis, George E. Wilt, Joe Frank All nutt and Walter Plummer. The last two will serve as school guards and will receive $125 a month. The pay of the others is $175 a month. Women Voters to Meet The Montgomery County League of Women Voters Stabilization Committee will meet at 11 am. Fri day at the Chevy Chase Methodist Church it was announced today. The committee will study ways of improving buying habits. Clarke Pushes Assembly Probe Of Merit Plan . Would Have Report Of 7-Man Group at Next Session By the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Jan. 26.—An inves tigation of the State merit system appeared likely today as a result of the announced plans of Senator An drew Clarke. Alexandria, to intro duce a resolution providing for a seven-man commission to make such a study and report to the next Vir ginia General Assembly. Senator Clarke said he expected to ask for a commission of three members from the House, two from the Senate and two from the origi nal commission which drew up plans for the merit system. The commission, he said, would be empowered to conduct hearings and would make its report 60 days before the 1946 session. ' The personnel act was passed at the last session. It provides that the Governor shall head the system and that he appoint the administra tor. He chose J. H. Bradford, budget director, to fill the post. * The Senate Roads Committee yes terday heard State Highway Com missioner James A. Anderson de scribe highway work in Virginia as “squeezed” between an in crease in costs and lack of man power on the one hand and a shrinkage in funds on the other. The highway commission, he said, is on record as strongly opposed to diversion of highway funds. Study School Attendance Bill. The Senate Committee on Public Institutions and Education con tinued study of a bill to raise the required school attendance age from 15 to 16 years and to provide funds for the stricter enforcement of school attendance laws. A subcommittee of the House Com mittee on Schools and Colleges was given the task of studying a bill to combine Martha Washington Col lege at Fredericksburg with the Uni versity of Virginia at Charlottesville and to provide for four woman mem bers on the Board of Visitors of the university. The subcommittee was directed to report back Tuesday. The committee reported out a bill to allow school boards to pay mem bers a flat sum of $180 annually and travel expenses instead of fees of $5 a meeting for the 20 annual meetings now provided by law. A move to give localities, rather than the State, the greater share in liquor profits was started with the introduction of a House bill by Delegate Floyd Daughtrey. Emporia, fo divide the earnings on the basis of one-third to the State and two thirds to the localities. Under the present system the State receives initial earnings of $2,500,000. The remainder is split, with one-third going to the State and two-thirds to the localities. The States thus gets the greater share unless profits climb beyond the $10,000,000 level. Profits rose to that level for the first time last year. The localities then received a per capita distri bution of $2.02. Prospects this year are that the localities will receive less than $1 under the present dis tribution system. Compared with this, the Daughtrey plan would give ia distribution of about $1.50 per i capita. Senate Gets Small-Loan Bill. The Senate meanwhile received a bill carrying out recommendations of the Legislative Advisory Council for an increase in interest rates on small loans, and a bill following the suggestion of Gov. Darden for a State institute of psychiatry. The small loan bill, introduced by Senators Robert O. Norris, jr., and John S. Battle, provides for an in crease from 2 to 3 per cent in the rate on unpaid balances of less than $150 and continues the 2 per cent rate on amounts exceeding $150 and up to the legal small-loan limit of $300. The split rate is designed to encourage the offering of smaller loans, one phase of the business which is said to have decreased sharply since rates were reduced at the last session from 3l/2 per cent to the present 2 per cent a month. Companies were said to have found the smaller loans unprofitable. The measure also provides for stricter regulations of the business through the State Corporation Com mission and more adequate mean# for controlling unlicensed money lending. Daily Rationing T$RemindersWi\ Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps G, H. and J valid through February 20. Stamps K. L and M will be valid from February 1 through March 20. Meats, Fats, Etc. — Book No. 3, brown stamps R, S. T and U valid through January 29. V now valid through February 26. Points for Fats—Your meat dealer will pay you two ration points for every pound of waste kitchen fats you turn in. Sugar—Book No. 4. Stamp 30 valid for 5 pounds through March 31. 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 sinoe De cember 1 are good for 5 gallons each. Tire Inspection Deadlines—For A coupon holders, Marcty 31. For B coupon holders, February 29. Fuel Oil—Period No. 2 coupons, valid now, expire February 3. Period No. 3 coupons, valid now, remain valid through March 14. No. 3 and 3 coupons good for 10 gallons per unit. According to the Dis trict GPA, consumers in that area should not have used more than S3 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil ration as of Januar’ -•