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WASHINGTON, D. C. ^ IJV ^DvllXliQ ^Ivll TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 19IG. Penal Reforms To Awaif Ruling On Gill Ouster Commissioners Still Reading Testimony Given Trial Board The Commissioners today post poned any immediate revision of the city penal administration pending disposal within the next few days of the case of Howard B. Gill. Mr. Gill was recommended yes terday for discharge as general su perintendent of penal institutions by a special, nonofficial trial board appointed by the city heads to hear the 16 incompetency, inefficiency and insubordination charges pre ferred against him by the Board of Public Welfare. The Commissioners conferred this morning with three members of the Welfare Board over so-called “in terim-’ changes in penal adminis tration for the District recom mended last Friday by the Hebert Subcommittee of the House District Committee. These were: 1. Temporary placing of the adult penal institutions in a department of corrections to be set up by agree ment between the Welfare Board and the Commissioners, pending passage of legislation writing the organization into substantive law. Still Reading Testimony. 2. Borrowing from the Attorney General a prison administrator to operate the Corrections Department until a permanent penologist can be obtained to take over for the city. This assumed dismissal of Mr. Giil. In a conference lasting about an hour, the Commissioners advised the Welfare Board Committee they still are reading the 2,075 pages of testi mony taken in the Gill hearings and would probably be another day or so in deciding the case. In the meantime, they did not want to take action on the proposed interim changes. At the same time, the group dis cussed with Corporation Counsel Vernon West the drafting of an amendment to the pending welfare reorganization bill to establish the Corrections Department as an in tegral part of the city government. The bill, now before a House District Subcommittee, would strip the Wel fare Board of administrative author ity and make it advisory to a city welfare department under the Com missioners. The three board members attend ing this morning's conference were Chairman Edgar Morris. Fred Kogod and A. Harding Paul. The question was raised at this meeting whether the interim pro gram suggested by the Hebert sub committee can legally be accom plished in the absence of new legis- ; lation, since the Welfare Act of 1926 j vests in the Welfare Board exclusive j control of the adult penal institu- j tions. Wlnle the subcommittee ex pressed the opinion it could be done. Mr. West Saturday expressed doubts. He added, however, that the same thing could be accomplished in fact if the Welfare Board simply ap proved automatically the plans and regulations of the proposed Cor rections Department head. Any prior commitment of the board to "rubber stamp" the recommenda tions of the corrections chief, how ever, would constitute an illegal delegation of authority by the board, Mr. West felt. The Gill Trial Board, headed by Walter M. Bastian, sustained six of the 16 Welfare Board charges against the general superintendent who was suspended December 6. following the escape of five prison ers from the District Jail November 24. The board recommended his removal without prejudice to his civil service status. The Welfare Board agreed late yesterday to the plan for borrowing an expert from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to reorganize the penal system, as suggested in the Hebert report, but indicated it would at tempt to retain full control over him. Ask for the Names. Acting on the recommendation for "loan of a competent director” from the Federal prison system, the Welfare Board decided to ask the Federal Bureau of Prisons to sub mit three names. The Welfare Board would make the nomination, and the Commissioners would have authority to approve or reject it. New rules and regulations for conduct of the prisons would be discussed with him by the Welfare Board when he is appointed and agtrtn submitted for final approval or rejection. "fire Hebert report said “all ad ministrative details, including * * • promulgation of rules and regula tions * * * would be left in the hands of the Department of Corrections.” Need Overall Body. An executive department head would have to be responsible to . some one, either to the Commission ers or the Welfare Board, Mr. Paui i reasoned. Since Congress has given; the Welfare Board administrative \ responsibility, “I can’t see how wej can recognize the Commissioners [ until the law7 is changed,” he said, i The Welfare Board members at yesterday’s meeting also refused to indorse the proposal for creating by legislation a department of! corrections under the Commission-! ers in the face of an order of the j Commissioners for drafting the | necessary legislation and including! it in a bill already before Congress to strip the Welfare Board of all i its power. Instead, the Welfare Board ap proved a plan for appointing a com mittee to draw up new penal | legislation “with the understanding j that the committee shall be free to make such recommendations as it chooses and not necessarily be con-, trolled by the recommendations of | the Hebert report.” Tlie only proposal approved with out reservation was for immediate! appropriation of $300,000 to correct weaknesses in personnel and struc ture. Mr. Kogod wanted to assert the right to “a little leeway in spend ing where it is most needed,” But Mr. Morris pointed out that the esti mates will have to come througl the board anyway. Jacobson, Medal of Honor Hero, Doffs Civvies to Rejoin Marines Douglas T. Jacobson, 20, of Fort Washington, N. Y., winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is welcomed back into the Marine Corps by Capt. G. S. Plantier, District recruiting officer, after his re-enlistment here yesterday. —Star Staff Photo. Four months of civilian existence! just couldn't measure up to life in the Marine Corps, so Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Douglas T : Jacobson of Port Washington. N. Y., signed up here yesterday afternoon for another three-vear hitch. The 20-year-old hero, who was voted the outstanding Marine of World War II by the National Asso ciation of Editors, will be on duty as a sergeant at the District recruiting office. Fourteenth street and Penn sylvania avenue N.W., where he re enlisted. Contact Man With YA. Discharged in December, he has been a contact representative with the Veterans' Administration here, “but I'm coming back because I like the service better.” he said. During his three years of service, the sergeant saw action in the Mar shalls, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima with the 4th Marine Division. He was overseas for 20 months. The Medal of Honor was awarded for his action on Iwo Jima on February 26. 1945, when, during an eight-hour pe riod. he was credited with knocking out 16 positions and 75 Japs. The positions included nine pill boxes, four blockhouses, one anti aircraft gun, one antitank gun and a tank. Then a private first class, Jacobson, scored his knockouts with a bazooka. “The action was on Radar Hill,” he said, "which was named for the' radar net sitting directly on top of it. Our company (Company L, 23d Regiment) was the fifth to try to1 tal*e the hill, and we were able to weaken it enough for it to fall the next day.” The sergeant went through his entire service without being wound ed. Promoted to corporal, young Ja cobson received his medal from Presi dent Truman at the White House, following his participation in the Nimitz Day ceremonies here last Oc tober 5. Holds I’nit Citation. Besides the Medal of Honor, Sergt. Jacobson holds the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with three battle stars, the Presidential Unit Citation for action on Saipan and Tinian, the American Defense Ribbon and the Victory rib bon. He also was awarded the Con spicuous Service Cross, a New York State decoration. After taking his oath yesterday from Capt. G. S. Planner, District recruiting officer, Sergt. Jacobson said now he was faced with the re verse <jt a clothing problem. I’ve picked up quite a few clothes since I was discharged." he said. But he didn t think he'd have much trouble getting rid of them. Citizen Unit Tempers Criticism of Police in Report on Delinquency Acceptance of the report by a spe-' cial Committee on Juvenile Prob lems with an amendment temper ing the criticism of the Metropoli tan Police Department was voted last night by the Georgetown Citi zens’ Association. The report originally charged the superintendent of police. Maj. Har vey G. Callahan, and the precinct captains with "evading the problem, although they are well aware of it." The report was amended to read that the police “are well aware of the problem, but are unable to take effective action." The report was presented to the group by the committee chairman, Col. James M. McHugh, following a | talk by Capt. Rhoda J. Milliken of the Women’s Bureau of the Metro politan Police Department. Capt. Milliken told the association | that the problem would take "time, patience and money, if anything is i to be done about it." She criticized the citizens’ associations because they do not include children as a permanent part of the groups. "Some children have been invited : to participate at some of the meet ings. but they are not invited back. I nor are they asked to become mem bers of recreation committees," she said. Lt. William T. Murphy of the po lice department's Juvenile Bureau j contended divorce is the main cause ! of juvenile delinquency. A "good neighbor" policy was sug gested by Capt. Milliken and sup ported by Lt. Murphy, by which the I citizens w’ould visit the homes of de ! linquent children in the community and offer assistance to the parents. Judge Vincent A. Osterman of Prince Georges County said that | children should be taught the laws, j the punishment and the reward for Igood conduct. * The meeting, held in St. John's Parish Hall. Potomac and O streets , N.W.. was conducted by Eugene E. Ditto, president. Negotiations Continue In Gas Company Dispute A meeting between union officials and management of the Washing ton Gas Light Co. is scheduled for 6:30 o'clock tonight in the company j building. Workers filed a 30-day | strike notice April 3. According to John H. Foster,; union official, employes of the com- j pany are protesting a cutback in j pay which took effect April 8 when workers dropped to a 40-hour week from 48 hours. " At the present rate of pay, Mr. Foster pointed out, em ployes are losing $8 to $15 a week. A session between labor and man agement yesterday, with Labor De partment Conciliator Lucien F. Rye j presiding, made no progress, Mr. j Foster said. Originally, workers demanded 31! cents an hour more, but are now i standing firmly on a demand of 24 cents an hour more. The company.: Mr. Foster said, has offered only 14. i Hotel Pays OPA $52,753 SAN FRANCISCO. April 23 <JP).—' The Fairmont Hotel, one of Sani Francisco’s largest, has paid $52,-1 753.16 to the OPA—$33,900 for over charges on room rentals and the remainder as a penalty for over charges. Edward J. Bennett, OPA district director, said the violation of price ceilings went back to April 15, 1945. PBA Slates Parleys With Key Agencies to Meet Space Cut Goal A series of conferences with high officials of principal Government agencies in Washington is being scheduled by Public Buildings Ad ministration space control experts, it was learned today, following a meeting with War Department rep resentatives yesterday at which ways and means of reducing that agency's office space were discussed. John A. Nagle. PBA deputy com missioner in charge of the current space-saving drive, which was start ed April 3 by a red tape-cutting di rective from President Truman, said today he could not reveal what de cisions had been made or what cuts in office space the War Department would be asked to make. He said, however, definite progress had been made, but that the War Department meeting was only one of a series which are scheduled to take place with other agencies. He axplained there would be a lot of detail work connected with any moves and that it boiled down to a question of trucks and men to do the actual moving. What PBA is trying to do. under the President's order, is to reduce Government office space in Wash ington 400.000 square feet by June 30 and 2,000.000 square feet by June 30. 1947. Not only is the building agency armed with the presidential directive but it also is slated to have congressional authority to survey office use and direct retrenchment as soon as House-passed buildings legislation now before the Senate becomes law. Forecaster Gets Clearcut Win On Opening Day His competitive spirit aroused at the prospect of public scrutiny, the Weather Man hauled out his best crystal ball and scored a clean vic tory yesterday over the elements by correctly predicting fine weather for today. \ , You are not out of the woods yet, Mr. W. There is many a treacher ous low pressure area between Washington and the Aleutians, from which, we are told, the Commission ers import all our weather. Look to your laurels, prophet. Even if you were right today, how do you know Congress won’t rewrite the laws |some day and make it part of your job not only to predict rain but con jure it up, too? The Standings. Won. Lost. Pet. Weather Man 1 0 1.000 Today’s Forecast. Showers likely tonight, ending early tomorrow. Clearing and cool er later tomorrow. I P. S.: At 10:30 a.m. the Weather ! man's girl Friday phoned and tried to slip in a revised forecast. If we permit this, this forecasting busi ness will become as easy as rolling off a windsock. For everybody’s information, the cloud palmists are going to be judged by the predic tions they make every day at 7 a.m. A UFWA Assails Truman, Urges Union Merger Says Adnvnistration Is Attacking Labor, Lowering Standards By Joseph Young Star Staff Correspondent ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., April 23.— The United Federal Workers of America, CIO, opened its biennial convention here today with a blast at President Truman and his policies and urged in its officers’ report that the union merge with the State. County and Municipal Workers of America, also a CIO affiliate, to maintain and secure the gains of Government workers against an "in creasingly antilabor trend by the administration." The vote on the proposed merger is expected to come late today and officials of both unions meeting here simultaneously, predict overwhelm ing approval of the proposal. There is only scattered opposition among the delegates of both unions. In a caustic attack on President Truman, UFWA’s officers’ report to the delegates charged that the administration as well as Congress is "actually carrying out a program of aggressive imperialism in foreign affairs and of attacking labor and lowering living standards at home.” Says Gap Is Wide and Clear. Referring to the gains made by Federal workers during the Roose velt administration, UFWA recalled that Mr. Truman pledged himself to carry out the policies of his prede cessor. "But the wide gap between promise and performance is only too clear," the report asserted. There is a possibility that when the convention votes on its officers’ report, the delegates will seek to modify the criticism of the adminis tration. Many of the delegates ap pear to feel that while Mr. Truman has made mistakes, his administra tion is sympathetic toward labor and its problems. In listing its grievances against the administration, the report cited Mr. Truman's order giving Federal agencies the right to hire temporary employes without reference to the Civil Service Commission during the Government's reconversion from a wartime to peacetime hiring basis. The order has resulted in racial and religious discrimination and has seriously injured the merit system, the UFWA report charged. Hits Antiunion Tendencies. The report also criticized what it called antiunion tendencies of a number of Federal departments and agencies, singling out the Navy De partment in particular as a chronic offender. In urging the merger, the officers' report asserted that the combina tion would result in the most pow erful union of all Federal employes' organizations with a strength of more than 70,000 members. “Every inch of progress in organ ization and strengthening our union is certain to be translated into bet ter pay and working conditions and more rights for Government em ployes,” the report said. "All of us working together in this spirit can truly make history this week.” Would Have New Name. If the merger is approved, the new union would be formed immedi ately, and the rest of the conven tion would be under the auspices of the new organization. The union would have a new name, and the officers would probably come from among the present officials. The present heads of the two unions are Eleanor Nelson, UFWA. and Abram Flaxer | SCMWA. Among the suggested names for the new union are the following: Federal. State, County and Muni cipal Workers of America; United Government Workers of America, United Public Employes of Ameri ca, American Civil Employes, Amalgamated Civil Employes. Allied ! Civil Employes, Associated Civil i Employes, Affiliated Civil Employes, and United Government Employes of America. Other names also are receiving consideration. Powerful Union Seen. UFWA officials today expressed the belief that the merging of their organization, with its reported 30. >000 members, and SCMWA. which has approximately 40.000 members, would result in "a powerful, con solidated union to fight a single battle for the interests of all civil service employes, whether Federal. State or city.” At present the two unions have a working agreement w’ith each other, but no official link.* By combining the tw'o organizing staffs into one unit, union officials believe that a much more effective organizing job can be done. Al though unionism among Federal workers has made great strides dur ing the past few years, union leaders point out that the vast majority of Government employes still are un organized. A greater political effectiveness, the second great gain expected to result from the merger, stems from the strength of SCMWA members throughout the States, where each has a vote and consequently can influence members of Congress to vote for legislation they favor. Small Business Group Requests D.C. Rent Curbs Commissioners Told Commercial Prices Are Skyrocketing A cross-section of Washington small businessmen and women to day called on the Commissioners for protection against skyrocketing commeicial rents in the city. Led by J. M. Heiser, president of the District Federation of Business men’s Associations, they urged the city heads to reverse the public im pression of their opposition to the principle of rent ceilings for com mercial property which the busi nessmen said was implied in the Commissioners’ opposition to the so called Barry bill last month. Called Too Difficult. At that time the Commissioners opposed the bill, which would freeze commercial rents here as of March 1, 1942, as too difficult to administer. Today they listened to the com plaints of 25 witnesses brought in by Mr. Heiser, but took no action. Mr. Heiser said after the confer ence he could have brought many others to support the contention that commercial rents here are ris ing from “50 to 600 per cent” as the leases are terminating. He added that many owners are refusing to renew the leases in an effort to get new tenants at vastly higher rents. One of the complainants, a bar ber w’ho has operated for many years opposite the Willard Hotel on Fourteenth street, is being forced to vacate July 1 for such a new tenant, Mr. Heiser said. Rent Boosted $3,200. A shoe repair shop in the same block must vacate by the end of the month, he added, for a new tenant who will pay an S8.000 annual rent in contrast to the present $4,800 paid by the present tenant. The group included a baker, a doctor, a voice culture instructor, a lawyer and other small business operators. Mr. Heiser said the businessmen were supported before the Commis sioners by Mrs. Leslie B. Wright of the Federation of Women's Clubs; John H. Connaughton of the Fed eration of Ctiizens Associations and Mrs. Ernest W. Howard of the Co lumbia Heights Citizens’ Association. M. F. Iverson to Head Maryland Legion Martin F. Iverson. 1002 Flower avenue, Takoma Park. Md„ last night was selected to succeed Joseph A. Cantrel. Bethesda. as comman der of the American Legion, Depart ment of Maryland. The selection was made at a meeting in Baltimore by the State's eight vice commanders and is sub ject to ratification by the State Executive Committee on May 6. Mr. Cantrel resigned as State com mander on April 15, the date he filed as a candidate for State Senator. A special meeting has been called for May 5 in the Hyattsville Armory when Southern Maryland legion naires will elect a district vice com mander to succeed Mr. Iverson. For several years Mr. Iverson has been chief building inspector of the Eastern Suburban Area of Mont gomery County. Education Mission Report On Japan Sent to Byrnes ' Simplification of Japan's written language can "contribute enormous ly to the democratization of the Japanese way of life," Assistant Secretary of State William Benton declared today in a letter trans mitting to Secretary of State Byrnes a report of the United States Edu cation Mission to Japan. The mission, whose report was made public from Tokyo on April 6. recommended that some form of Romaji—the use of a phonetic sys tem based on the Roman alphabet instead of Chinese ideographs—be brought into common use through out Japan. Mr. Benton declared that to him the most striking single element of the report is this recommendation and "the revelation that the literacy of the Japanese people has been greatly overrated." His letter to Mr. Byrnes said Dr. George D. Stoddard, president-elect of the University of Illinois, who served as chairman of the mission, "tells me that the much vaunted literacy rate in Japan is another Japanese myth." District Fireman Loses 100 Chickens in Fire Fire caused by an exploding oil stove early today destroyed 100 chickens owned by A. H. Crosley. District fireman. 8804 Rhode Island avenue. Berwyn. Md. Firemen said approximately 75 chickens escaped from the chicken ! house after it burst into flames. They estimated the damage at $600. Companies from Berwyn Heights. Branchville and College Park were I called to the blaze. New Piano Prices Up 30%, Deliveries Slow, Surveys Show That new piano is costing those buyers lucky enough to get one in the neighborhood of 30 per cent more than prewar prices in Wash ington. A national survey of piano price prospects by the family economics bureau of the Northwestern Na tional Life Insurance Co. brings the i prediction that 1946 models will cost the American family 30 to 60 per cent more than before the war. Further, the survey said, the odds are 10 to 1 that the model the average family will get will be the spinet type. Among a number of Washington .piano dealers contacted, the con census was that the predicted 60 ■per cent rise above prewar prices was somewhat strong. One dealer, however, thought prices would go that high. Deliveries of 1946 models are com ing in slowly, the canvass of District dealers revealed. For about four months the incoming shipments have been about 5 per cent of nor mal in the case of most dealers. Some dealers have received only samples. During the war, ship ments stopped almost entirely, al though there were occasional de liveries which never topped 1 per cent of normal during a given period, one larger dealer reported. The spinet model is the most popular. A few small uprights of the “console” type are being made, it was said. Manufacture of the grand piano has almost ceased. “Dependent on used piano trade during the war years.” said the in surance agency survey, “piano deal ers suffered considerably from com petition by curbstone traders who went into homes with higher offers for second-hand pianos than legiti mate dealers could match.” Some 11,000,000 persons are study ing music in the United States, the survey concluded, of whom 7,000,000 are children. It quoted the Music Foundation of America as saying 8,000,000 people play the piano. LOSES FINGERS IN EXPLOSION—Nurse Janice Coffey applies a dressing to the injured hand of Richard Collins, 15, in Gal linger Hospital, where he was taken after an exploding detona tor he was carrying tore off his thumb and first two fingers. —Star Staff Photo, j Wyatt Says Homes Will Be Constructed For Colored Veterans Wilson Wyatt, national housing administrator, today assured the National Builders’ Association that colored veterans are not going to be left out of the veterans’ housing program. Mr. Wyatt was one of the speakers at Howard University, where the association, an organization of col ored builders and trades school teachers founded at Hampden Sidney Institute in 1923, is conduct ing its annual convention on the theme of ’‘Housing Our Veterans.” The former Mayor of Louisville. Ky., said the housing program was ‘‘for veterans — not for white veterans.” He called attention to a para graph in the "channeling" order issued Saturday (channeling mate rials into homes under $6,500). The paragraph directs encouragement of local building for racial minority groups, giving consideration to their proportion in the population. He said it had been too long the practice to let housing pass down through the whites to the Negro or through the whites to poorer whites. His answer, he said, to those who wanted freedom to build $25,000 homes on the theory that the pur chaser would move out of a home, which would be occupied in turn by some one moving out of less desir able home, was to call this “the economic trickle system.” Furthermore, Mr. Wyatt said, the new homes “are to be built by labor regardless of race.” He said one third of unskilled construction labor and only two and one-half per cent of the skilled tradesmen have been colored. "I know we all want to see that increased,” said Mr. Wyatt, and added that this problem had been presented as an urgent one in meet ings with heads of AFL construction units and was on the agenda of meetings to come. Bernard to Head Rotary Reception Committee Don Bernard, advertising director of the Washington Post and presi dent-elect of the Washington Rotary Club, has been named chairman of Don Bernard. the Reception Corami ttee of the 180th Dis trict Conference of Rotary Inter national to be held here Sun day and Monday. Mrs. Bernard has been named chairman of the ladies’ Reception Committee and has made elab orate plans for entertaining wives of 700 visiting and 200 District Rotanans during the meet ings which will center at the Wil lard Hotel. A banquet Monday night will climax the conference. Agriculture Secretary Anderson is to address the Rotarians Monday morning in the auditorium of the Commerce Department. Health Insurance Bill Is Opposed by Dentists By the Associated Prgss The American Dental Association told Congress today the Nation’s dentists are opposed to the admfh istration’s compulsory health insur iance program bill because they con tend it will not improve the dental : health of the country. Dr. Carly O. Flagstad of Minne apolis. chairman of the association's Legislation Committee, outlined the association's views in a statement prepared for the Senate Education Committee. He asserted dental benefits pro vided under the pending legislation were “little more than primitive,” and that it would be impossible to amend the bill “under its present philosophy.” Dr. Flagstad stated that his asso ciation believes congressional action is necessary to improve the coun try’s dental health, and mentioned that it was sponsoring two bills now before Congress which are aimed at that objective. New Duties Assigned Military Area Heads By the Associated Press BALTIMORE. April 23. — The Third Service Command announced today that the recently established Organized Reserve Areas in Mary land, Pennsylvania and Virginia had been renamed military areas and that new duties had been given the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Rich mond area commanders. Maj. Gen. Manton E. Eddy, com manding general, said the areas would continue to handle affairs of officers and enlisted men of thei Army's Organized Reserve Corps. Boy, 15, in Gallinger After Detonator Blast A 15-year-old boy, who lost three fingers when a grenade detonator exploded in his hand as he sat in a bus at Barney Circle S.E. yester day, remained under treatment to day in Gallinger Hospital. Police said the accident victim, Richard Collins. 15, of 3926 Burns street S.E., told of finding the de tonator beside railroad tracks under the John Philip Sousa Bridge. It was thought to be one of 275 re ported stolen from a boxcar there last November. Young Collins also suffered powder burns on the chest, arms and one leg. A companion. William Agar. 14, of 3946 C street S.E., suffered lacera tions of one hand and was released after treatment at the hospital, ac cording to the report. A Capital Transit Co. spokesman said the bus, driven by Festus Bow man, 45. of 1209 Sixth street S.E.. was moving away from the Barney Circle terminal when the explosion’ occurred. About 15 passengers were in the vehicle, but only the boys were injured, according to the offi cial. He said the force of the ex plosion was principally upward, and several fragments penetrated the top of the bus. Police described a grenade detona tor as a piece of white metal about 4 inches long, the thickness of a pencil. Naylor Gardens Sale To Veterans Group Approved by DHC Sale of the Naylor Gardens hous ing development to the Veterans’ Co operative Housing Association for $5,125,000 has been approved condi tionally by Defense Homes Corp. Tire proposed 'lc. which must be approved also by the Reconstruc tion Finance Corp. and the War As sets Administration was authorized yesterday by the Board of Directors of DMC. Assurance t- Tenants. Terms of the transfer would as sure present tenants the right to join with the veterans' group in pur chasing the property. It also would be provided that those tenants who 1 do not wish to participate in the purchase would be permitted to con tinue in occupancy under existing Teases, and that rents would net be I increased "for a period to be mu tually agreed upon." It is planned that VCHA will make ! a down-payment of 10 per cent, or ’$512,500, and pay the balance over : a period of 37 years with interest ’of 3 per cent. In its statement, the DHC ex plained RFC concurrence would be necessary because an RFC loan to DHC is being repaid out of pro ceeds of the properties. Since the transaction would represent dis position of surplus Government real property. WAA also is concerned. Statement By DHC'. 1 In its statement. DHC gave the following review of development of : the proposed sale: "The DHC board in January di jrected that negotiations with the j VCHA. which had submitted an offer to purchase the project, and i with a tenant group, be continued. ! looking toward the submission of a 1 bid which would provide for partici | pation by both tenants and veterans, j Negotiations led to agreement on the part of the VCHA to amend its form of organization so as to admit | present tenants who may wish to I join in co-operative purchase of the project.” It was indicated approval by RFC I and WAA was expected. Thereafter I "consummation of the rale will await ! compliance by the VCHA with the conditions required." it was added. Mutually Good Deal. Following the DHC announce jment Ray Sawyer, District com mander of AMVETS and president of VCHA, issued a statement in which he called the proposed sale a "mutually good investment, both! for the Government and the vet erans.” . “This action will give several hun-1 dred veterans a chance to own a share in America,” he commented. “We are grateful for the support we have had from the press, the Washington Board of Trade, Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, Attorneys! William A. Roberts and Louis Ar nold. who helped negotiate the mat-! Iter without fee: the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion : and the Disabled American Veter I ans,” he added. Slettinius Aide, Envoy To Iran Confirmed The Senate late yesterday con-i firmed the nomination of Herschelj V. Johnson of North Carolina to be deputy to Edward R. Stettinius, jr„ American representative on the United Nations Security Council. It also approved the nomination of George V. Allen of Maryland to be Ambassador to Iran. 1 Builders Attack New Wage Scale As 'Inflationary' Labor Department Board Told Costs Will Rise 5-10 Pet. By Robert J. Lewis District home builders, fighting a new construction wage scale for the District area approved two months ago by the Labor Department's Wage Adjustment Board, today at tacked the higher pay level as ‘‘in flationary," discriminatory against veterans and at odds with "estab lished local custom." At a hearing before the board, in the Labor Department, called at the request of builders who seek re consideration of the order, James C. Wilkes, general counsel of the Home Builders’ Association of Met ropolitan Washington, said the new rates are “probably the top rate ever paid’’ in the District area. "When you make these top rates the floor it means that the new home is going to cost 5 to 10 per cent more,” Mr. Wilkes said. "It throws established custom out of gear and is inflationary beyond the shadow of a doubt.” Board Challenges Claim. Board Chairman Arthur D. Hill, jr., challenged Mr. Wilkes' state ment that the new scale would in crease home costs, declaring he had information that, “by and large, home builders have been paying sub stantially the same wages” embod ied in the new scale. "If this information is correct." Mr. Hill said, "then it will be rather difficult to substantiate the charges that the new wages will increase home casts. How can you say that the board has increased costs when action of individual home builders has pushed them up?" Originally, home builders had re quested the board’s authority to pr»y "up to" the higher "A” scale issued ! for commercial builders in 1942. The board's order of March 27, however, denied home builders the right to I Pay any other rate than that em bodied in the new scale, which is substantially the same as the com mercial construction rate. 14 Days to File Data. At the close of the hearing, Chair man Hill said that home builders or unions would have 14 days within which to file supplementary data cn the merits of the reconsideration request, and that a board decision could be expected within about a month. During presentation of the home builders’ argument. Mr. Wilkes was closely questioned by H R. Cole, an industry member of the board, who wanted to know Mr. Wilkes’ "philos ophy" of stabilization. "Stabilization for employers or employes?" he asked. Replying. Mr. Wilkes said he wanted "stabilization for the good of the public which would lead to higher continuity of employment, and which would level off prices." Doubts Stability in Philosophy. Mr. Cole commented at this point he considered Mr. Wilkes to mean that "demand would determine the wage scale." and added: “Under your philosophy there would bt no stability. I can! under stand how there -would be any sta bility if demand were to be" per mitted to raise and lower wages." I- Vv Dunn, another industry member, asked Mr. Wilkes if he de nied the beard chairman's earlier statement that he understood heme builders had paid up to or above the commercial scale. In reply. Mr. Wilkes said lie pre feirea not to get into a controversy with the chairman, but that he knew "a large percentage of home build ers weie not paying the commercial rate today." \sks for Proficiency Scales. At this point, Mr. Wilkes asked the board whether it would enter tain a request by home builders for specific scales for workmen of vari ous degrees of proficiency. There was no direct answer to his question but Mr. Dunn com mented: "That poses a new question in my mind as to whether your people knew what they were asking when they first made the reouest to pav a higher scale." A labor member. L. C. Berman, referring to admissions by home builders that they had competed ior labor during the war. asked: "What's going to stop one con ti actor from bidding against another for labor when we again have a dearth of labor in case your request to pay up to the commercial scale would be approved? " Steady Jobs Held Factor. Mr. Wilkes replied he was certain that some workers would want to remain with employers even at a lower wage in return for continuity of employment, and that this would help keep home costs lower. Clem F. Preller. president of the Washington Building Trades Coun cil. said he would file- a statement with the board later. He said lie disagreed with the statement of Mr. \\ ilkes that the veteran was dis criminated against in the order, and pointed out that, when a veteran can qualify as a journeyman by taking tests, a provision is made 'for him to do so. At the outset of the hearing Mr. Hill said the board was in agree ment that “we want to revise ap prentice schedules in the order so that they will be more realistic.” VA to Encourage Healthy Living For Employes Veterans' Administration super visors throughout the country now have a new responsibility. They are supposed to see that their employes stay healthy. VA announced today it has es tablished a policy for "assisting its employes in the prevention of illness and the improvement of health." In a directive to all VA offices supervisors were told they will be held responsible "for encouraging employes in activities and practices conducive to healthful living and for promoting continuous interest in health matters.” The directive suggested training in health practices, analysis of the causes of absences for sickness, health improvement training and other corrective measures.