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New Excise Rates
Will Take Effect at Midnight Tonight By the Associated Press. The American public tomorrow will begin paying a host of new ex cise taxes, some graduated sharply upward, to bolster the Treasury’s resources for meeting the cost of the greatest war in history. The new excise rates, ranging from a sixfold jump in cabaret check levies to a $1-a-barrel in crease on beer, will yield an esti mated $1,000,000,000 or more a year. The balance of the additional revenue comes from higher postal rates that went into effect last Sun day and from changes in indivdual and corporation income taxes. More than half the increased take from excises will come from steeper liquor levies; a $9-a-gallon impost on hard liquors compared with the present $6 rate; the new $8-a-barrel beer tax, and wine in creases ranging from 33>/3 to 100 per cent. Other Luxuries Hit. The rest comes from new rates that will hike the cost of such lux uries as fur coats, jewelry and club memberships, make traveling more expensive and send up bills on such varied items as toilet goods, electric light bulbs, telephone and telegraph service and luggage. And the definition of luggage, incidentally, has been broadened to Include not only trunks and suit cases, but handbags, purses, wallets and even key and pass cases. An exception to the midnight ef fective date of the new rates is the 30 per cent cabaret tax which goes into effect at 10 am. tomorrow to avoid complications that would arise from trying to compute checks on two tax bases. Notification Methods Set. The Office of Price Administration specifies three methods by which retailers may notify customers of the amount of the 20 per cent Fed eral excise tax. In advertising, catalogues and on sales slips and price tags, merchants may: 1. Name a price exclusive of the tax and specify the levy separately. 2. List a price, including the tax, and specify the percentage of tax included, or 3. Post a general notice over a group of items stating that all prices listed include the new Federal levy. Principal Changes. Here in summary form are the principal tax changes: Admissions, old rate, 1 cent a dime; new rate, 1 cent a nickel. Boxes, seats and ticket "scalp ers,” old rate, 11 per cent; new rate, 20 per cent. Cabaret charges, old rate, 5 per cent; new rate, 30 per cent. Club dues and initiations, old rate, 11 per cent; new rate, 20 per cent. Jewelry*, furs and toilet prepara tions, old rate, 10 per cent; new rate, 20 per cent. Travel tickets, old rate, 10 per cent; new rate, 15 per cent. . Light bulbs, old rate, '5 p«T cent (manufacturers’ price); new rate** 20 per cent (manufacturers’ price). Long-distance calls, old rate, 20 per cent; new rate, 25 per cent. Local phone service, old rate, 10 per cent; new rate, 15 per cent. Telegrams, old rate, 15 per cent; new rate, 25 per cent. •Watches that retail for not more than $65 and alarm clocks for not more than $5 to be taxed at present 10 per cent rate. New Attorney Chosen In Draft-Evasion Case A new attorney, Prank J. Kelly, today was representing William Cammack, 18, heir to a large fortune here, who was arraigned Tuesday for failing to register with Draft Board No. 2, in violation of the Selective Service Act. Miss Helen Newman, the youth’s aunt, announced the selection of Mr. Kelly as her attorney last night in a telephoned message to The Star, in which she said: “Frank J. Kelly is our attorney, who I tried to contact originally be fore getting the attorney I dismissed. Any statement to be made will be made by him ” When a reporter asked Miss New man if she had decided to advise the youth to register, she replied that she could not make any state ment. Originally, Miss Newman engaged James J. Laughlin as her attorney, but dismissed him, he said, after he had advised her to have the youth register at once. She regarded this advice as “impertinent,” he said. Cammack, released on $1,000 bond. Is due to appear next Tuesday before United States Commissioner Need ham C. Turnage for a further hearing. Clifford Berryman Honored by Senators On 75th Birthday A luncheon in honor of the 75th birthday of Clifford K. Berryman, cartoonist for The Star for more than 38 years, was tendered hifn yesterday by a group of 12 Sena tors in the private suite of Col. Edwin A. Halsey, secretary of the Senate. Mr. Berryman, whose cartoons, sometimes jovial and sometimes penetrating, have pictured the po litical history of the Senate for several decades, was the subject of several toasts wishing him many more years of success and happi ness. Several were in verse. The cartoonist will reach his 75th birthday on Sunday, but the luncheon was given three days in advance because of the impending adjournment of the Senate for the Easter recess. Halsey Reads Tribute. Col. Halsey read a tribute in verse to Mr. Berryman’s famous “Teddy bear” which, after enumerating bears of various sorts, concluded: “But the Teddy bear with the padded paw “And the crafty eye that looked and saw "And appeared in the pictures you were wont to draw "Sure packed a wallop with a velvety paw. “This Teddy bear is a fine little merry one "When drawn by the pen of C. K. Berryman!” Senator Barkley also toasted Mr. Berryman in the following verse: "From the north, from the south, “From the west, from the east, “We come bearing gifts td the bright birthday feast. “To one who bares faults amid jest and laughter, “Whose proddings and quips are a joy ever after: “We wish you long life and good health through the years “With joys unadulterated by sor row or tears.” Find Empty Bottle. Every one had a good laugh when Mr. Berryman removed the ribbon and paper from a tremendous bot tle presented to him on behalf of his hbsts by Senator Barkley and found it absolutely empty. “I’ve always been a poor cartoon ist,” Mr. Berryman quipped, “and I suppose this bottle is symbolic of my emptiness.” But after every one had enjoyed a laugh, a number of presents were produced. Among them was a Teddy bear wearing a very abbre viated skirt, which Senator Barkley explained was shortened by ration ing. The luncheon was attended by Senators Byrd, Democrat, of Vir ginia; Barkley, Democrat, of Ken tucky; McKellar, Democrat, of Ten nessee; Gerry, Democrat, of Rhode Island; Bailey, Democrat, of North Carolina; Tydings, Democrat, of Maryland; Gillette, Democrat, of 1 Iowa; George, Democrat, of Georgia^ Eastland, Democrat, of Mississippi;] McClellan, Democrat, of Arkansas;.; Halsey, Leslie Biffle sindM^ierry man’s son, Jim Berryman, also of The Star staff. Will Discuss Housing Jamas Ring, administrative offi cer of the National Capital Housing Authority, wilj address the Stantom Park Community League tonight at a meeting at the Northeast Public Library at 7:45 p.m. "YOUR MARK OF STYLE MOTHERS! HEADQUARTERS FOR NEW SPRING TWEEDS SIZES v 10 TO 18 ■ ' Suits styled the way fellows like to wear them . . . colorful new all-wool tweeds, easy-fitting 3 button model. Others at $18.85. Student Sizes S3 to iO 335.85 to 331.85 Sport Jackets_310.85 to 315.85 Sport Slacks_.— .35.85 to 38.85 V 32nd Year at 1319 F Street SENATORS FETE STAR CARTOONIST—A pre birthday party for Clifford K. Berryman, veteran cartoonist for The Star, who will be 75 Sunday, was given yesterday by a group of 12 Senators, Pictured around the birthday cake are Majority Leader Barkley, Mr. Berryman and Senator Byrd, Democrat, of Virginia._ —Star Staff Photo. (.realtors suggest Plan to Refinance Mayfair Gardens The Federal Housing Administra tion today had before it several plans for refinancing Mayfair Gar dens, colored housing project, so that work on the 504-unit project on Kenilworth avenue NJ5. can be resumed Immediately. The principal program under con sideration is one submitted by a group of creditors who claim May fair Gardens owes them $800,000. Robert McNeill, representing these interests, said today that most of the firms and individuals Involved in the development, uncompleted for nearly a year, now are co-operating. “It is a pity for this property to lie idle any longer,” he said. "We all recognize the extreme need for colored housing.” - Higher FHA Surety. Under the terms of the proposal, the FHA would increase its mortgage surety from $2,478,000 to $2,815,000. The Irving Trust Co. of New York City, which holds the current first deed and which acquired the prop-, erty at auction last Tuesday for $750,000, would take over the new deed of trust. Subcontractors would resume their work on the place and would be paid one-half of their costs on com pletion and would accept Junior securities against future Income of the project for the remaining half. New Contractor Would Take Over. The original builder, Frank O’Hare, would be eliminated and Henry J. Knott, Baltimore contrac tor, would take over. Mr. Knott Is said to be willing to supply a com pletion bond for whatever amount may be deemed necessary. > * Other creditors, with Claims ap proximating $100,000, would be given another type of security, pay able from income after the Junior securities have been liquidated. The creditors’ proposal also con templates the retention of Elder Solomon Lightfoot Michaux, evan gelist, and Arthur Cassell, architect, both colored, as heads of the com pany. These two men were among the group that originally promoted construction of the development. Charles Carroll Forum To Hold Lecture Sunday The Charles Carroll Forum of Washington will sponsor a public lecture, “Education at the Cross* roads,” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Willard Hotel. The speaker will be Msgr. George Johnson, associate pro fessor of education at the Catholic University of America. Quest flot Slayer Unearths Huge Gas Coupon Cache By the Associated Press. CAMDEN, N. J., Mar. 31.—Gaso line ration coupons, both valid and counterfeit, worth half a million gallons have been seised by detec tives investigating the shotgun slay ing of Vincent Scola, Gustave Koer ner, Camden County captain of de tectives, said yesterday. Mr. Koemer said he also knows who shot Scola to death at the wheel of his car here early Wed nesday morning. He refused to say where the gasoline coupons were found, but declared some of them were stolen in Reading, Pa., and in New York State. Another development in the case was the taking into protective cus tody by county detectives of a Cam den man identified only as “Spike.” They said they had information that "Spike,” an associate of Scola, also was slated to be killed. Save your waste kitchen fats? E correspondent Quentin Reynolds, veteran on-the spot reporter of the Dieppe, Sicily and Salerno pre liminaries, gives you a blood-chilling preview of the Big Invasion—in Collier’s out today. “Murderously tough,” Reynolds says it will be. And his , detailed, experience-fed forecast takes you right into the landing boats with our men — takes you with them as they thread through minefields, up the Nazi-strafed beaches always under fire, on through the fiendishly conceived defense works the Hun has been building for two years. No more comprehensive advance picture of the most daring military maneuver in all history has ever been written. By radio for this same issue comes “The Man Germany Hates Most,” by W. B. 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