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Record D. C. Budget
Proposes $5,000,000 Postwar Works Fund (Continue^ From First. Page.l of $1,104,483 over the 1945 Budget Bureau estimates resulted from a decision to raise the first-proposed $3,000,000 postwar public works in ' vestment fund to $5,000,000. This postwar building fund, which Is to be invested in short-term Gov ernment securities to await the day when priorities will permit deferred Capital improvements, represents nearly half of the $10,458,263 boost over this year's appropriations. Other reasons for what appears to be a staggering hike in outlays over this year are that for the first time. In keeping with the simplified and consolidated District budget form, there is included $1,141,000 to cover the District's share of costs of the District courts and Preedmen's Hos • pital, heretofore carried only in Federal appropriation acts; a con ' siderable extra sum for wartime extra and overtime pay and in creased outlays for the Highway, . Water and Sewer Departments, the schools system and other municipal divisions. Outstanding Items in Bill. Outstanding among the things the bill provides are: 1. An item of $750,000 for con struction of the substructure of the projected South Capital street bridge over the Anacostia River, for which $1,000,000 already has been appropriated, th£ total authorized cost being $4,500,000. 2. Increased appropriations for maintenance work in the street and bridge divisions, which are largely offset by continuing the availability of sums appropriated in former years. 3. Provisions of mental hygiene eervices under the District Health Department, to be drawn on by the schools, welfare agencies and the courts. The committee rejected pro posals for continuing a separate psychiatric service under the Juve nile Court. 4. An increase of $112,632 over current appropriations for the Rec reation Department in a proposed $670,300 outlay which would include funds for drainage and sanitation facilities for 24 of the newer play grounds and improving shelter houses at a number of locations. Other items would cover wartime salary boosts for playground work ers and installation of showers, swimming pools and wading pools. 5. An appropriation of $30,000 by the District government to match a sum being raised as a donation by citizens in the Cleveland Park area to buy a Connecticut avenue tract as a site for a proposed branch of the Public Library. 6. An increase of nearly $700,000 in the budget for public schools to bring the total to $14,346,000, which though $232,000 below what school authorities requested provides $781, 000 for purchase of land for school sites and nearly $93,000 for construc tion. 7. An increase of $140,500 over current appropriations for the Wash ington Aqueduct to cover improve ments to the McMillan and Dalecar lia filters and other improvements and preparation of plans for future enlargements of the system. 8. Funds for new elevators at the District Building. Additional ABC Inspectors. 9. Employment of seven addi tional inspectors for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at an an nual cost of $23,300. ABC officials gave assurances this would permit better enforcement of liquor regu lations. Following an attack on the board by Representative Cochran, Demo-, crat, of Missouri, who once de manded the Commissioners remove all three ABC Board members mem bers for alleged "laxity” in their duties, the Coffee subcommittee said: ‘‘The committee is not at all satisfied with the manner in which this activity has been adminis tered, especially in that the board does not seem to be using the au thority of law with which it is vested. The entire request of $66, 945 is being allowed in hope the liquor situation in the District may be somewhat clarified and the citi zens and minors given the consid eration and protection to which they are entitled.” 10. An increase of $308,000 for Gallinger Municipal Hospital, prin cipally for the administration, dietary, treatment service and ward service. Omitted From Requests. Among items omitted from the budget requests were: 1. A requested appropriation of $20,000 for installation of more traf fic-control lights, while funds for the traffic safety program were cut from a requested $30,000 to $20,000. The report said, “The committee was not impressed with the need of additional traffic signals, but on the contrary believes that fewer, rather than more traffic signals, should be operated. It added that better synchronization of traffic lights should be effected. 2. Requests from social work spokesmen for funds for employ ment of 50 housekeeping aides, and here the committee suggested that funds for “praiseworthy projects of this character” should be obtained from Community Chest sources. 3. Proposals for appropriation of $11,000 for music, transportation, in struments and director’s pay for the Metropolitan Police Department Band. While saying the band is a credit to the department, the com mittee declared it should not be maintained by public funds. Tribute to Commissioners. The Coffee subcommittee paid a tribute to Commissioners Young, Mason and Kutz for their “untiring efforts” to give the District a better government, and to Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler, his assistants and other District workers. Saying it had found a number of inequities as to salaries, the Coffee subcommittee declared many mu nicipal salaries were not commensu rate with responsibilities and recom mended the Commissioners make a study of the District salary struc ture. , Appropriation savings in numerous departments were proposed by the Coffee subcommittee in the dropping of salary items for a portion of the many positions for which the Dis trict has been unable to find candi dates due to the manpower shortage It reported that out of 12,893 an nual District jobs, there were 1,191 vacancies. Police, Fire Pay Provisions. The bill provides for eliminating aalaries for 70 positions in the Police Department, 42 positions in the Fire Department and similar cuts in the authorized strength of some other A ANZIO OFFENSIVE UNDER WAY—The Allied 5t.h Army has opened a mighty offensive on the Anzio beachhead below Rome, it was announced by Allied headquarters today. American troops have seized more heights northeast of Terracina, includ ing the slopes of Monte Croce and Monte Dellafate. Inland from Terracina, the town of Monsicardi was occupied, and American infantry advanced near Lenola. The Germans an nounced the evacuation of Pico, in the center of the Hitler Line. (Story on Page A-l.) —A. P. Wirephoto. divisions. But this was not done in the case of Gallinger Hospital, where there are 135 vacancies out of 929 permanent annual positions, because of the vital nature of hospital work, and because many vacancies are filled on a temporary basis. To lessen the manpower shortage at Gallinger, the committee increased the per diem temporary services fund from $2,000 to $20,000. Poundmaster Prank Marks v^on approval of the committee for funds Tor installation of two-way radios in pound vehicles, to permit quicker response to police calls for rabid dogs. The proposed appropriation of $150,000 for the District Civilian De fense Department was cut to $100,000. Funeral of Lt. Pickering, Crash Victim, Set Today Funeral services for Lt. Gordon Lee Pickering, 23, of 5201 Wisconsin avenue N.W., will be held at the Fort Myer Chapel at 3 p.m. today with burial in Arlington Cemetery. Lt. Pickering was a member of the crew of a bomber which crashed on a flight from Biggs Field, Tex., De cember 31, 1943. The bodies were recovered in the foothills after the spring thaws early this month in the Rocky Mountains. He was the son of Howard A. Pickering of the Wisconsin avenue address. Lt. Pickering attended Baltimore City College, Maryland Institute and Johns Hopkins Uni versity, school of engineering, before being commissioned in November, 1943, at George Field, 111. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Marilyn Serra Pickering, whan he married in April, 1943; two brothers, Pfc. Howard A. Pickering, now overseas with the United States Army; Sea man Cortez D. Pickering. Bain bridge, Md., and his father. Curtis E. Curtin, Sr., Dies; Funeral Will Be Thursday Curtis E. Curtin, sr., *4, of 2028 North Capitol street, few 35 years a finisher in the Library of Congress bindery before his retirement five years ago, died yesterday after a brief illness. Born at Wytheville, Va.. Mr. Cur tin became a Washington resident 40 years ago. He was a Mason for 41 years, a member of Marshall Lodge in Lynchburg, Va., and the Trestleboard here. He is survived by his widow. Mrs. Mary W. Curtin; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur F. Middleton of Wash ington and Mrs. Edward Bowen of Silver Spring, Md., and a son, Curtis E. Curtin, Jr., Washington. Also surviving are two brothers, John A. Curtin, a staff artist for The Star, and Thomas S. Curtin, anfl three grandchildren, Virginia Lee Middle ton and Linda Bowen, all of Wash ington. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lee Funeral Home, Fourth and Massachusetts avenue N.E. Burial will be at the Washington National Cemetery. 5,000 Merchant Seamen Listed as Killed in Action By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA, May 23.—More tha* 5,000 American merchant sea men have lost their lives by enemy action since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Arthur J. Williams, secre tary of the Maritime Commission and the War Shipping Administra tion, said yesterday. "I think I am safe in saying that the proportionate loss of life in the maritime service has been greater than in the several branches of the armed services,” Mr. Williams said at a Maritime Day luncheon. D. C. Child Expenditures About Same as Other Cities District expenditures in the chil dren's field are within 1 per cent of the average of 30 cities of 100,000 population or more, while the Dis trict average for foster and institu tional services of dependent is higher than the average and the amount for delinquent children is below the average. These comparisons, based on costs per unit of population, were given by Ray L. Huff, director of welfare, to the District Appropriations Sub committee of the House. “In the adult field, under the pub lic services operating under the Social Security Act, including gen eral public assistance, the District is much below the average of 16 cities selected by the Social Security Board for purposes of comparison,” Mr. Huff said. “On the basis of cost per unit of population, for old age assistance the District ranks 14th out of 16, and for general public assistance, 16th out of 16—this is, at the bottom. “While the District tends to show a cost somewhat above the average —13 per cent—for boarding care and foster homes and institutions for dependents, it shows at the same time a lower cost—30 per cent—in the care of delinquents.” Judge Bentley Replies To Police Criticism Police criticisms that Juvenile Court Judge Fay L. Bentley is a “little easy” in her treatment of juvenile delinquents were aired be fore the House Subcommittee on District Appropriations, it was re vealed today, with the judge countering “there is just so much talk * * * that I am too hard-boiled.” Judge Bentley pointed out she has heard 27,000 cases of dependent and neglected children since she has been on the bench and added: “The Police Department cannot bring you many cases of striking failures.” She conceded that mistakes have been made and that boys permitted to go home have subsequently gotten into trouble again. "But that is no different from the record of any other court.” she asserted. Judge Bentley also said police don’t remember the "999 we have done something for.” While there have perhaps been errors in judg ment, making it possible for a per son to commit a crime, she con tinued, “the 999 that have made good justify our taking that chance.” Judge Bentley also told tne com mittee she was more concerned with the “seriousness” of juvenile cases before her court than with the numerical increase. She attributed a slight decrease in the totai for 1943 to the fact that over 500 cases were pending and said there was a 38 per cent increase in „ne last half of 1943 over the same period in 1942. Stealing and “joy riding” pre dominate in cases before her court and there has been an increase in sex cases, she reported. Grew to Narrate Film Joseph C. Grew, former Ambassa dor to Japan, will be the narrator for a film, “The Enemy Japan,” to be shown during a special enter tainment for employes of the Bu reau of Ships, Navy Department, and their friends at 8 o’clock to night in the Departmental Auditor ium. The program will also include the Navy Band playing a variety of marches and selections from the musical shows, “Oklahoma” and “The Bat.” To Make Your Dreams Come True Start Notv and Save Regularly at Interstate PROFITABLE Liberal dividends are credited to you semi-annually. SAFE Accounts up to $5,000 are in sured. Under supervision of U. S. Treasury. CONVENIENT located just across from the Treasury in the Washington Building, at. 15th Street and New York Avenue. ASSOCIATION W ashington Bldg., 15th St. & N.Y. Av«. A l Kennedy Sees Stalin's Postwar Attitude as U. S. Shipping Factor By the Associated Press. BOSTON. May 23 —Premier Stalin holds in his hands the power to help mold the future pattern of Europe and Asia, a factor which must be considered in planning a postwar merchant marine, accord ing to Joseph P. Kennedy. At a Maritime Day dinner last night, the former Ambassador to Great Britain and maritime com missioner said, “Forces have been unleashed which may require years to control." Answers to such vital questions as the American attitude toward other countries and the speed with which postwar economic and social life revives "lie not in the State Depart ment nor in the Foreign Office, but in the mind of a single statesman in Europe today—Mr. Stalin,” Mr. Kennedy said. "If the Russian land power fin ishes its magnificent Job and then goes home, turning swords into plow shares, we can be more confident of a firm basis for an enduring peace. “After the Army and Navy have taken what ships they want and after wre have decided what vessels are required for our merchant ma rine. I think we should then nego tiate for the transfer of tonnage to foreign countries • * Mr. Kennedy emphasized that the United States should “not insist on having the biggest fleet.” “To Britain gnd Norway, for ex ample,” he said, "a merchant fleet is a matter of day-to-day survival.” Ship Graveyards Barred After War, Land Declares SAVANNAH, Ga„ May 23 OP).— There will be no surplus merchant ship graveyards after this war, such as followed the last World War, Rear Admiral Emory S. Land told a Maritime Day celebration audi ence here last night. “This time we plan to maintain them in layup and not tie them in a swamp to rust and rot away,” said the chairman of the United States Maritime Commission and war ship ping administrator. Rough estimates indicate it will cost approximately $3,000 to $4,000 per ship a year in layup, he said. “That means $4,000,000 per year for 1,000 ships,” he added. “That seems to me pretty small cost for maintaining in good condition a re serve fleet as compared with the cost of building a new one. a cost * * • which runs today to about $18,000, 000,000, of which some 40 per cent is war cost alone.” * Admiral Land said the United States probably will come out of the war with a fleet amounting to two-thirds of all the ships afloat in the world. Donald Symington, Banker, Dies at 63 in Baltimore By th* Associated Press. DARLINGTON. Md.. May 23.— Donald Symington, 63. Baltimore banker and Torley Corp. of Pitts Conway and Torley Corp. of Pitts burgh, died yesterday at his Harford County home. Mr. Symington formerly was president of the Baltimore Trust Co., resigning in 1931. He was a director of the International Mercantile Marine Co. and the United States Lines. He was born In Baltimore, Octo ber 28, 1881, was educated at Mc Cabes University School. Richmond, and Amherst College, and started in business in steel and railroad equipment corporations. Surviving are his widow, the for mer Miss Elsie Hillen Jenkins; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur D. Foster, and two brothers, Jack Symington, Balti Philadelphia Democrats Call for Fourth Term By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA, May 23.—The Democratic City Committee voted unanimously last night to insist that President Roosevelt “continue his leadership of the forces fighting for the freedom of the world, thus hastening the return of our country to the ways of peace and pros perity.” The committee assured the Presi dent'of continued support by Phila delphia Democrats. Baptist Convention Keynoter Appeals for Unity Among Factions By the Associated Press. ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., May 23 — In the keynote address opening the annual Northern Baptist Conven tion today, the Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Robbins, director of evangelism of Andover-Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, appealed to the liberal and newly organized funda mentalist factions to “maintain our unity" and not to "allow this fellow ship to be broken.” Dr. Robbins proposed to the 3,000 delegates representing more than 7,000 churches a program Jor mis sionary work in territories retaken from Japan and the return of pro hibition. A lively debate between the two factions is expected to develop be fore the convention closes Friday. Last December a group of funda mentalists organized the Conserv ative Missions Society, with head quarters in Chicago, in protest against the official mission board, which they said tended “to depart from conservative and evangelical policies” in the appointment of mis sionaries and administrative secre taries. Dr. Robbins assured his listeners “it is the will of God that the de nomination continue to be evan lgelical and evangelistic." 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