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Citizens Federation Offers Comparative Data
Assailing Cost of NCHA Housing Projects PRIVATE VERSUS PUBLIC HOUSING—These pictures are part of an exhibit presented to a Senate District Subcommit tee today by a representative of' the Federation of Citizens’ Associations to show the cost of public housing. Shown in the first picture is a National Capital Housing Authority develop ment, Fort Dupont Dwellings, on Ridge road, near Minnesota avenue S.E. Cost of Fort Dupont, including land, was given as $1,146 a room. Greenway Apartments, Minnesota avenue and East Capitol street S.E. Constructed by private builder; cost, including land, $849 a room. Frederick Douglas Dwellings, Alabama avenue S.E. Built by NCHA; cost, excluding land, $1,098 a room. Skyland Apartments, Twenty-fifth and Good Hope road E.E. Privately, built; cost, including land and construction of shopping center, $1,035 a room. Suburban Gardens, Deanwood section of Northeast Wash ington. Privately built; cost, excluding land, $913 a room. Clerk Goes on Trial Today In Slaying of Minisfer By the Associated Press. BUCKINGHAM, Va., Feb. 28.— Leroy Luther Gough, 35, clerk in a Sprouses Corner store, goes on trial in Buckingham Circuit Court here today on a charge of murder in connection with the death November 26 of the Rev. Noel J. Allen, aged retired Baptist minister. Judge Joel W. Flood will preside at the trial. Gough was indicted by a Buck ingham County jury which charged he inflicted injuries on the aged clergyman during an altercation in the Sprouses Corner store November 23. The argument was said by wit nesses who testified at a trial justice hearing December 14 to have started when Gough accused the Rev. Mr. Allen of poisoning some of his dogs and in response to which accusation the minister called Gough an “in fernal liar.” Bainbridge Naval Base Is Being Enlarged A comprehensive building program now underway at the Bainbridge <Md.) Naval Training Station will make the base the second largest of its kind in the country when completed, according to station offi cials. The work includes construction of a new regimental unit with a max imum capacity of 5,000 men; re building of the service school ad ministration building destroyed by fire last August; a new dental laboratory, two new convalescent wards and another barracks in the Naval Hosptal area; modernization and expansion of the officers’ gym nasium and swimming pool en largement of the athletic field. Bainbridge now ranks third in size among naval training stations with Great Lakes and Sampson ahead of it. The now program will put the base in front of Sampson. Devereux Lauds Red Cross In Message From Jap Prison Appreciation for the part played by the Red Cross in forwarding news of home to Americans in Japanese prison camps is expressed In a letter received recently by Mrs. Annie Sinnott Devereux, 1 West Bradley lane, Chevy Chase, from her son, Lt. Col. .James P. S. Devereux, heroic defender of Wake Island. The letter was received through the Red Cross. Writing from Japanese prison camp at Shanghai, Col.. Devereux said in his letter, dated September 5, 1943, that “you can tell your friend, Miss Boardman, that she will have many faithful supporters of the Red Cross. He referred to Miss Mabel T. Boardman, who resigned as secre tary of the Red Cross several months ago. Declaring that he had not heard from home since June, 1942, Col. Devereux pointed out that “any thing important” could be cabled to him through the Red Cross. “Undoubtedly, you have asked me many questions which I cannot, of course, answer,” he wrote. “Need less to say, I am extremely anxious about every one, especially those who may be in the theater of opera tions. We have heard that there are about - (censored) letters in Japan for the war prisoners in the Orient, so expect news in the near future. “We have heard that Red Cross ships will be in soon and are certain ly looking forward to that time. * * * Please give my love to every one and advise them that I would sincerely like to hear any news they can forward." Photographs and statistics made public today at the Capitol focused attention on charges that Na tional Capital Housing Authority developments here have cost far more than comparable housing de velopments by private enterprise. Scheduled to be presented to the Senate District Subcommittee on Housing by Joseph H. Deckman, representing the Federation of Citi zens’ Associations, the “evidence” tended to show: 1. That Fort Dupont Dwellings, Frederick Douglass Dwellings and Parkside Dwellings, singled out by Mr. Deckman as typical of the NCHA’s low-rent permanent hous ing, cost 20 to 53 per cent more per room than corresponding private properties. The comparisons were between Fort Dupont and Green way Apartments, Frederick Douglas and Suburban Gardens and Park side and private housing at 3200 3300 East Capitol street. 2. That private enterprise has been building attractive permanent homes and selling them for less than the $962 to $1,304 per room cost of the NCHA’s temporary war hous ing. Figures Taken From Reports. Mr. Deckman said his figures on NCHA costs were taken from the Housing Authority’s official reports, while those for prvate developments were obtained from the builders themselves. The figures for private ly built housing included all over head, he added. All comparisons were on a “cost per rental room” basis. In the three direct comparisons involving the NCHA's Fort Dupont, Frederick Douglass and Parkside properties, Mr. Deckman explained that rooms in the comparable private housing are “somewhat larger.” Kitchens and bathrooms also are better equipped in the private de velopments, he said. The properties matched against one another by Mr. Deckman were built at approximately the same time. Land costs were included in the total figures wherever available, Mr. Deckman said, but in none of the three comparisons involving the NCHA’s permanent housing did the private interests pay more for their land. Comparisons Offered. The statistics given the subcom mittee included the following for Fort Dupont and Greenway: Fort Dupont—326 two to six room units for white occupancy completed by the NCHA in 1940. Brick con struction and central heating, but baths are not tile. Cost, including land, $1,164 per room. Greenway—796 three and four room apartments for white occu pancy. Completed in 1941 by Morris Cafritz, a private builder. Brick construction, central heating and tile baths. Cost, including land, $849 a room. For Frederick Douglass Dwellings and Suburban Gardens: Frederick Douglass—313 four to six room units for colored occupancy completed by NCHA in 1941. Frame and masonry construction, no base ments, baths not tile, equipped with space heaters instead of central heating. Cost, excluding Band, $1,089 a room. Suburban Gardens—204 three to five room units for colored oc cupancy, completed in 1942 by A. Lloyd Goode, a private builder! Masonry construction, basements, central heating and tile baths. Cost also excluding land, $913 a room. For Parkside Dwellings and the private development at 3200-3300 East Capitol street: Parkside Dwellings—373 units for colored families, one to six rooms, completed by NCHA in 1943. Brick, asbestos siding and frame construc tion, individual heating units, no basements, baths not tile. Cost in cluding land, $1,367 per room. ’ East Capitol street houses—108 units for white occupancy, three and one-half to four rooms, com pleted in 1943 by Davy & Murphy, private builders. Brick construction, basements, control heating, tile baths. Cost, including land! $896 per room. winer examples Given. Mr. Deckman's data showed that for approximately the same amount per room as the NCHA spent in con structing Frederick Douglass Dwell tags, a private builder constructed Fairfax Village at Alabama avenue and Suitland road S.E., a far more luxurious development. Fairfax Village, for white occu pancy, offers tile baths, central heating plants, laundry rooms, and recreation facilities. The three-story buildings are all of fireproof con struction. The cost, including con struction, overhead and the builder’s profit, but excluding purchase of ;he land or landscaping, was given 3.V Mr. Deckman as $1,012 a room. 1942 development was completed in Privately-built Skyland Apart ments, at Twenty-fifth street and ^ood Hope road S.E., cost only $1,035 a room, including land and i shopping center, Mr. Deckman’s statistics indicated. Skyland, for white occupancy, was completed in 1939. While emphasizing comparisons Involving the NCHA’s low-rent per manent housing, Mr. Deckman also irave figures in an effort to prove the cost of the agency’s temporary war housing has been excessive. » Further Costs Cited. He cited costs per room that in cluded Calvert Houses, $962; Lily Ponds Houses. $974; Carry Houses $1,080, and Benning Road Houses, $1,304. These figures do not include price of the land, he said. All four developments are de molishable or demountable, and are slated to be removed within one year after the end of the war emergency. They were constructed according to “minimum standards" to conserve critical materials In comparison, Mr. Deckman of fered the Sunnybrook, Landover Hills, and Egstpine Drive develop ments of private builders. The f<»r and five room Sunnybrook homes, which he termed far superior to NCHA’s temporary war housing, are priced for sale at $4,850 and $5,670, he said. Selling prices for the Landover Hills homes, completed last year by Meadowbrook, Inc., ranged from $3,250 for four rooms to $6,000 for six rooms with a basement. The houses had air-conditioned heating, hot-water systems, insulated attics and equipped kitchens, he said. The Eastpine Drive houses sold last summer at prices, excluding land, of $963 and $813 a room. All selling prices quoted included the builder’s profit, Mr. Deckman pointed out. The statistics are expected to add fuel to the already heated contro versy between advocates and oppo nents of public housing. WASHINGTON AND VICINITY WASHINGTON, D. C. looming f&kf SOCIETY AND GENERAL FEBRUARY 28, 1944 • County Officials i May Be Heard on Cemetery Bill Arlington Heads Favor Burial Ground Near Manassas The Senate-approved proposal to expand Arlington National Ceme tery, which 'has been approved by the House Military Affairs Com mittee, probably will be returned to that committee to allow Arling ton County authorities to be heard, Representative Smith, Democrat, of Virginia said today. Three county board members proposed meanwhile that a per manent national cemetery be estab lished on Civil War battlefields near Manassas, Va., while the board chairman, Leo C. Floyd, said he favored a bill pending in Congress to establish 48 State cemeteries. Board members pointed out that Civil War dead, both Union and Confederate, are buried at the Ma nassas battlefield. All five board members were opposed to the expansion on the ground that the 118 acres involved include some of the most “poten tially valuable” land in the county. Held Ideal Hotel Site. Pointing out that the area at the entrance to Arlington Memo rial Bridge, overlooking the Poto mac River, is an ideal hotel site, Basil De Lashmutt said that “acqui sition of some of our most valuable property would satisfy only tem porarily the need for cemetery ground.” He said the Federal Gov ernment eventually would have to establish another cemetery and should take steps to do so now. A proposed $6,000,000 apartment hotel to be erected at Lee boulevard and Arlington Ridge road was blocked in 1941 when the Office of Production Management revoked priorities for materials. The County Board, which had approved the project, and the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, had been at odds over the project for months. The commission con tended the project would be an "eyesore.” Manassas Plan Favored. Mr. De Lashmutt’s suggestion that the Civil War battlefields be made into a national burial ground and shrine was concurred in by Mrs. Elizabeth B. Magruder and F. Free land Chew, County Board members. Mr. De Lashmutt said he believed 1,000 acres of undeveloped land prob ably could be purchased for the price of the highly developed land under consideration. Mrs. Magruder, who asked the board to take action on the Senate bill, said Federal acquisition of such a valuable section of the county would be disastrous to the county tay setup by cutting off a potential source of large revenues. Driver Under $500 Bond In 'Blackout Crash James F. Jones, 44, of 1423 North Garfield street, Arlington, whose automobile struck Samuel Lloyd, 38, of 1133 North Utah street, Saturday night, was released on $500 bond in County Court today pending the outcome of Mr. Lloyd’s injuries. The injured man was taken to George town Hospital, where attendants de scribed his condition as critical. The crash caused an all-night blackout in a 20-block section of Arlington when the car knocked down a power line pole after hitting Mr. Lloyd. Seat Pleasant Unveils Service Monument Mrs. Ohge Leads Tribute To 165 Serving Country A monument bearing the names of 165 Seat Pleasant (Md.) men serving in the armed forces was unveiled yesterday at ceremonies at Seat Pleasant. The monument, built at a cost of $1,100 raised by a committee repre senting the Town Council and My Maryland American Legion Post, was unveiled by Mrs. Mary Ohge. 305 Sixty-seventh place, whose two sons are in the service—William, 20, in the Navy and Charles, 21, a para trooper in England. A wreath was laid on the monu ment by Miss Patricia Hutchinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Hutchinson, 6214 Foote street, sister of Irving Hutchinson, jr„ the first Seat Pleasant man to die in service. Speakers at the ceremonies in cluded James Blaine Fitzgerald, Chevy Chase, former national Legion vice commander and past Maryland department commander, and Mrs. Gladys Freeman, Green belt, department vice president of the Southern Maryland district, Le gion Auxiliary. Post Comdr. William P. Casey opened the ceremonies and Irwin I. Main, chairman of the Maryland National Capital Park Planning Commission, was master of cere monies. Apples Have 'V' Mark Apples gathered this year in the Portdown district of Northern Ire land had a distinct “V” mark, which experienced fruit growers unani mously declared was unique. Business Slow As Food Tokens Go Info Effect Many Shoppers Still Use Ration Stamps From Old Books Thrifty housewives moved cau tiously today in the first few hours of shopping under the new system of ration tokens and 10-point value stamps which went into effect throughout the country yesterday. Many shoppers still were using their old ration stamps before going into War Ration Book No. 4. Those who wanted«to be the first to get the new blue and red tokens sought advice of clerks on lust how the system works before giving up their new stamps—blue stamps A-8, B-8, C-8, D-8 and E-8 for processed foods and red stamps A-8, B-8 and C-8 for meats—which .now are worth 10 points each. Store Operators Encouraged. One woman shopper, who said she wanted to wait until her Y and Z stamps for meats and K, L and M stamps for processed foods in Book No. 3 were used up, commented that “it's getting worse every day,” re ferring to the rationing system. The No. 3 book stamps still retain their value of 8, 5, 2 and 1 points. A woman clerk in a chain grocery was not very optimistic about the new arrangement. “Some people don’t understand the old system. I wonder whatfs going to happen now.” Store operators generally were more encouraged, claiming it would do away with the delay as house wives search through their stack of ration books for the right stamps. Will Be Used as Change. Under the plan, new stamps in Book No. 4, regardless of their print ed value, will be worth 10 points each. If purchases do not amount to an even 10, then consumers will be given red or blue tokens in change. The red tokens are for meat and the blue ones for processed foods, and each is worth one point. The maximum change allowed is nine points. n. new s>ei oi nve Diue stamps will be validated the first of each month, and red stamps will become good at the rate of three every two weeks. On the basis, OPA advised a budget averaging 12 points a week from each ration book for processed foods, and 15 points a week for meats, butter and other red-stamp items. One downtown grocery store was without tokens this morning, but the store manager said they were expected in some time during the day. Banks estimated they have distributed only about half the 4, 750.000 tokens allocated to Wash ington. Presidential Order Expected to Hasten Maryland Inductions Col. Stanwood Stresses Need to Strike Balance In Granting Deferments By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Feb. 28.—The pres idential order for a review of oc cupational draft deferments prob ably will mean a speedup in Mary land inductions, but "a balance must be struck” to avoid calling up too many trained war workers, Col. Henry C. Stanwood said last night. The Maryland Selective Service director stated that already there were “practically no occupational deferments in Maryland for men under 22 and probably there will be a sharp stiffening in the policy of deferment for men under 26. “On the other hand, some people lose sight of the fact that the areas around Baltimore and Elkton are classified as regions of critical labor shortage. It would not be fair to men already sent to the battle fields to leave them .without neces sary weapons and other supplies. A balance must be struck,” Col. Stanwood said. He added that chaos would result if each of the State's 66 local draft boards were left to its own judgment in calling men from industry and agriculture. "There has to be co ordination.” The director said that President Roosevelt’s order, which had not yet reached him officially, would be followed literally and would be re layed at once to each local board. Maryland's Use of Gas Drops 103 Million Gallons By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Feb. 28.—A 103, 000,000-gkllon decrease in Mary land’s gasoline consumption from 1941 to 1943 wao reported over the week end by the State Petroleum Industries Committee. Declaring that the reduction rep resented a considerable contribu tion to the war, committee members said that the statistics should be consoling to those persons to whom gasoline rationing has meant a cur tailment in the use of their auto mobiles. In 1941 Maryland consumed 354, 953,055 gallons; in 1942, 300,608,621 gallons, and in 1943, 251,930,086 gal lons. - i ..■HU————PI—II mi jj I imi RATION TOKEN SYSTEM GOES INTO EFFECT—Mrs. R. J. Franks, 572 Eighteenth street Arlington, Va., receives change in tokens as she purchases a pound of butter from John Lieb, market manager. —Star Staff Photo. Government Is Saved $250,000 by Firm Handling Hay Subsidy Shipping to Farmers In Nearby Areas Done For 50 Cents a Ton Special Dispatch to The Star. RICHMOND, Va„ Feb. 28.—Dr. T. K. Wolfe, head of the Southern States Co-operative Distribution Service, estimated today that ap proximately $250,000 advanced last summer by the Government to bring hay to drought-stricken farmers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia will be returned when the program is completed. Dr. Wolfe said that from Septem ber until last week, when the special subsidy on hay was lifted. Southern States handled orders for 11,315 car loads of hay. He said 9,500 cars already have been delivered, with 1,800 to be placed in the hands of purchasing dairymen by April 1. Southern States accepted the job of supplying hay to the drought area after a meeting in Washington last summer of agricultural leaders from the four States and Agriculture De partment officials. Under the plan, hay was to be purchased in the West and in Canada and resold to farmers whose crops had been killed by dry weather at the normal cost of forage for the area. The Govern ment guaranteed a subsidy of from $10 to $15 a ton for hay, with an additional $2 per ton handling charge. ut. wone said that instead of $3 per ton. Southern States has been able to handle the emergency hay shipments at an actual cost of 50 cents a ton, thus returning to the Government $150 per ton of the appropriated handling cost. This will amount to about $250,000, he said. Because of the Government hay subsidy, Dr. Wolfe said, farmers in Delaware. Maryland, half of Vir ginia and in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and parts of North Carolina and Pennsylvania were able to save an estimated $2,500,000 in actual hay costs, as well as an other $1,000,000 in handling costs. He pointed out that while the subsidy plan in effect gave Southern States a monopoly on hay in the area, the program was entered into to “serve all farmers” in the area. He said the program affected farm ers in 80 counties in the area and had the effect of stopping dairy herd liquidation and maintaining milk production to supply war cen ters in the area. Lt. R. C. Allmendinger Dies in Idaho Crash Arlington Flyer and Five Others Killed in Accident Lt. Robert Charles Allmendinger, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin N. Allmendinger, 733 North Abingdon street, Arlington, was among six crewmen killed yesterday when their heavy bomber crashed near Gowen Field, Idaho, the Associated Press reported from Boise. Lt. Allmendinger, a navigator, had been stationed at Gowen Field pre paratory to being sent overseas. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Lt. Allmendinger moved to Arlington with his family in 1934. He attend ed George Washington University here and was employed by the Agri culture Department until he en listed in the Army • Air Forces in March, 1943. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Shirley Allmendinger, and a 3-year-old daughter, Susan Lyn Allmendinger, Boise. Funeral services will be held in Ann Arbor. Others killed were: Second Lt. Walter Louis Mache mer, Jr., pilot, Buffalo; Second Lt. Frank Lee Roberts, bombardier, Birmingham, Ala.; Sergt. Arthur Edgar Jose Lemont, Furnace, Pa.; Sergt. Jack Marion Burnett, Shreve port, La., and Sergt. Perry Lee Ro den, Florence, Ala. Boy, 7, Emulates Hiking Father; Makes 10-Mile Tour' Alone Seven-year-old Herschel Shosteck, son of the president of the Capital Hiking Club, trudged ofT to school today none the worse for a 10-mile walking tour of the District and nearby Maryland which he made yesterday in a spirit of competition with his father. Herschel’s father, Robert Shosteck, 1031 Girard street NJS., was leading the hiking club along Accotink Creek in Virginia yesterday afternoon while his son accompanied his grandfather to visit relatives at 702 Devonshire road, Takoma Park. His grandfather, Saul Shosteck, 1121 Orren street N.E., said the boy went out to play and when he didn’t return a police lookout was broad cast. Shortly after 8 p.m. Herschel appeared at the Orren street home of his grandparents where he an nounced that he had taken a hike “just like daddy,” and was “awful hungry.” Mrs. Dora Shosteck, Herschel’s mother, said the boy had walked from Takoma Park to his grand parent’s home, a distance which police estimated at about 10 miles. She said Herschel declared he had taken the hike “Just because I’ve always wanted to go walking by myself.” Mrs. Shosteck said Herschel was a little still this morning, but she wouldn’t let him use hiking as an excuse to stay home from school. Clothing, Gear Released For Maryland Guard By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Md„ Feb. 28.—Gov O’Conor announced over the week end that the Federal Government is releasing approximately $178,000 worth of clothing and equipment, including complete summer and win ter uniforms for use by the Mary land State Guard. The new outfits Include both wool and cotton shirts, trousers and caps, shoes, mackinaws, gloves, belts and ties. The Governor earlier announced that an allotment of more than 2,300 regulation Army Enfield rifles, bayonets and scabbard—replacing the shotguns issued at the begin ning of the war—were being dis tributed to Guard members through out the State. Parents and Teachers Back Play Program For Prince Georges Commissioners Also Urged to Adopt New School Salary Scale The Prince Georges County Coun cil of Parents and Teachers was on record today as unanimously indors ing a proposal for a full-time recre ational program to be presented to the county commissioners at their meeting tomorrow in Upper Marl boro. The council, at its meeting yes terday at the University of Mary land, also urged adoption by the commissioners of the new teacher salary schedule contained in the 1944-5 school budget. Both resolu tions will be presented to the com missioners tomorrow by Dr. L. T. Hopkins, council president. Cost Estimated at $66,000. Establishment of a year-around recreational program as a move to curb juvenile delinquency was pro posed at a mass meeting of county residents more than two months ago Cost of the program was estimated at approximately $66,000. The plan would include appoint ment of a full-time director at $7,000 a year, establishment of play grounds for children of school age to be operated five days a week for 20 w'eeks, $2,100; playgrounds for children and adults, four eve nings a week for 52 weeks. $7,488 and a nine-week summer recrea tion program, $44,630. Would Increase Tax Rate. R. M. Watkins. Prince George: County member of the Maryland National Capital Park and Plan ning Commission, said at the tim< that approval of such a prograrr would result in a 4 or 5 cent increase in the county tax rate. The new teacher salary schedule provides that the two $200 annua bonuses being paid by the countj and State be made a permaneni part of the teachers' basic salaries It also calls for annual increases of $75 instead of the present $5( increase every two years. Classmates to Attend Rites for Wimsatt Boy Youth Shot Accidentally To Be Buried Tomorrow A requiem mass for Robert Wim satt, 14-year-old son of Col. Robert C. Wimsatt, commanding officer oi Newport Field, Ark., who was killed Saturday by his cousin in an “un loaded-gun" accident, will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church oi the Blessed Sacrament, Chevy Chase Circle. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery. Classmates at Georgetown Pre paratory School, where the youth had been a student since Septem ber, will attend the services in a body Young Wimsatt died shortlv after his cousin and schoolmate, William W. Hughes, 13, son of Lt. Col. Wil liam J. Hughes, 102 Oxford street, Chevy Chase, accidentally dis charged a .22-caliber automatic tar get pistol with which the boys had been target shooting at the Hughes home. Young Wimsatt was d house guest there. Young Hughes had taken an empty clip from the pistol, but had not realized that a loaded shell remained in the firing cham ber. Col. Hughes is attached to the judge advocate general’s depart ment here. U. S. Recovers $1,200,000 for Salvaged Paper More than 74,000 tons of waste paper, obsolete records and printec matter were salvaged by the armec services and Government agencies during the last six months of 1943 at a cash recovery to the Govern ment of almost $1,200,000, the Budgei Bureau and the War Productior Board have reported. Leading the paper salvage were the War Department, with an esti mated 45.000 tons; the Procuremenl Division of the Treasury Depart ment, 12,893 tons, and the Navy De partment, 9,500 tons. Coincident with the report, the Budget Bureau issued instructions to its examiners to see that all sav able Government paper is turned k for salvage. Only records and docu ments of "extreme secrecy” are tc be burned; those less confidential are to be sold after being shredded or pulped, and all others are to be sold as waste paper, the bureau said Large quantities of obsolete book lets, pamphlets, periodicals, posters unused forms and other surplus ma terials, now in Government storage are to be released to sale as waste paper, the bureau instructed. Assembly Unit Opens Hearings On Service Vote Controversial Measures Await Action This Week By the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Feb. 28.—The ques tion of a vote for Virginia service men will be argued today before the House Privileges and Elections Com mittee as the General Assembly re convenes to face a program bur dened with legislation of a contro versial nature. The Senate Privileges and Elec tions Committee, which has before it both the American Legion-spon sored “war voters' law” and the Weaver bill to give Virginia mem bers of the armed forces a vote in State, national and local elections, is awaiting an opinion frem Attor ney General A. P. Staples on a num ber of constitutional questions. cnanng at the delay, Legion offi cials have requested the House to go ahead and act and let differences be ironed out in conference or by customary amendments, and the House Committee has scheduled a public hearing this afternoon. Awaiting action before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee is the highly controversial McCand lish bill, which would require per sons coming into Virginia after Jan uary 1, 1945, to file a declaration of intention to become citizens a year before being eligible to vote. Many Bills Pending. Many bills await action before both bodies of the Assembly and the speed in which they can be dis posed of will determine whether the Legislature can adjourn in an unhurried manner before March 11. Before the House are sfich contro versial matters as the General Laws Committee substitute for various bills to license chiropractors and naturopaths; the Senate bill mak ing felons, including life-term pris oners, eligible for parole; the Senate bill increasing the tax on wine from 15 to 35 cents per gallon, with a con troversy over whether the part go ing to localities shall be earmarked for schools; the Senate bill amend ing the 1942 game commission act, and the bill to give State employes a 20 per cent bonus on the first $1,000 of income, and 15 per cent on the second $1,000. providing that the overall compensation of an em ploye receiving the bonus does not exceed $5,000. Daughtrey Bill Before Senate. j Ready for Senate action is the Daughtrey House bill to give the !counties, cities and towms $1,166,000 ’additional of the State liquor profits ! by reducing the State’s initial i “take" from $2,500,000 to $750,000. ; It has been pending on the calendar Tor several days while the Senate ‘ acted on less controversial bills. Also on the calendar is the Boat j wright House bill, reported from !the Finance Committee by a vote of 10 to 6. to permit counties, cities and towns to adopt ordinances par ■ alleling the ABC act and thus to get fines and forfeitures now going into jthe literary fund. They would go !into the State treasury, except for i the bill, if the voters this fall ap prove a constitutional amendment to freeze the literary fund at $10, 000,000. i The Senate Finance Committee is' still working on the $235,000,000 budget bill, with prospects that it cannot be brought to the floor be fore t-he end of the week. Virginia Republicans Name House Candidate | By the Associated Press. BRISTOL. Va„ Feb. 28.—Ralph L. I Lincoln, 38. Marion lawyer and for mer Smyth County commonwealth’s attorney. Saturday was unanimously nominated by ninth district Repub licans as a candidate for the House at the Virginia ninth district nomi nating convention here. The convention keynote address was delivered by Roy V. Wolfe, Gate City, who declared, "We have corns through a year in which election after election has gone Republican, a year in which New Deal leadership at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue has failed.” Two GAR Auxiliaries To Meet This Week Phil Sheridan Woman’s Relief Corps, GAR auxiliary, will meet Thursday night at the Thomas Circle Club. Mrs. Ethel Ferris will preside. Kit Carson Corps will meet Fri day night at the Washington Loan & Trust Building to initiate three candidates. Mrs. Una Dorsey will preside. daily Rationing Reminders Fto Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps K, L and M valid through March 20 and retain old values of 8, 5, 2 and 1 points. Book No. 4. blue stamps A-8, B-8, C-8, D-8 and E-8 valid through May 20 and worth 10 points each. Blue tokens and greeh 1-point stamps may be used as change. i Meats, Fats, Etc. — Book No. 3, brown stamps Y and Z valid through March 20 and retain old values of 8, 5, 2 and 1 points. Book No. 4, red stamps A-8, B-8 and C-8 good through May 20 and worth 10 points each. Red tokens and brown 1-point stamps may be used as change. Sugar—Book No. 4. Stamp 30 valid for 5 pounds indefinitely. Book No. 4, stamp 40 good for 5 pounds for home canning through February 28, 1945. Gasoline—No. 9-A coupons good for 3 gallons through May 8. B-2 and C-2 coupons in books issued since December 1 are good for 5 gallons. Tire Inspection Deadlines—For A coupon holders, March 31. For B coupon holders, tomorrow. Fuel Oil—Period No. 3 coupons good through March 13. Period No. 4 coupons valid through September 30. Nos. 3 and 4 coupons good for 10 gallons per unit. Consumers in this area should not have used more than 74 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil rations as of Feb ruary 27.