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WASHINGTON AND VICINITY D
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1946. 5
★★
HIGH LIGHTS OF APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL—A group of Winchester (Va.) children are scheduled to participate In the play, whose scenes, costumes and
school children rehearse a scene in the mammoth pageant, “Our Heritage,” to script are the products of faculty or students. The celebration is resumed this
be presented today and tomorrow at Handley High School as part of the apple year after a four-year suspension during the war,
blossom festival which opens today in Winchester. Approximately 1,000 school
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Criticism of Health
Facilities Answered
By County Boards
Officials in Prince Georges, Ar
lington and Fairfax Counties today
defended their health facilities in
response to criticism voiced in the
Washington Metropolitan Health
Council report. Montgomery Coun
ty officials were pleased with the
favorable comments they received.
William A. Carson, president of
the Prince Georges County Board
of Commissioners, said there is “ab
solutely no cause for alarm in the
county.”
Asserting that health conditions
are “above normal,” Mr. Carson
said “The only time we might be
handicapped would be if an epi
demic broke out.”
He said the commissioners already
have approved the appointment of
an assistant health officer, who is
on the job, and authorized the ad
dition of two nurses to the 11 now
employed by the health depart
ment, although difficulty has been
experienced in filling the positions.
Points to State Control.
In Fairfax County, R. M. Lough
borough, county executive, said the
health department is controlled en
tirely by the State and the county
has consistently appropriated all
funds requested by the State for
local health purposes.
Mr. Loughborough said the
county’s annual share for health
maintenance is $9,750 and that an
additional $5,000 has been budgeted
for the 1946-7 fiscal year, contingent
on the expansion of the State health
program to include sphool health ac
tivities. He did not know how much
the State contributes.
In answer to criticism in the sur
vey jcapaxt concerning inadequate
heatijp departmenynMMkel, Mr.
Loughborough said^jiWoblem is
largely one of inability to get per
sonnel.
Mark Tinner, Forestville, a mem
ber of the State Milk Commission,
said enactment of a standard milk
ordinance in Fairfax County is un
necessary because State laws, which
he described as “very rigid,” apply in
all Virginia counties.
Says Rules Are Strict.
Declaring the Virginia milk in
spection laws are among the most
strict in the country, Mr. Turner
said inspections of all milk retailers
and producers are made every 60
days by officials of the state
Health Department Milk and Mar
keting Division.
Dr. Ralph G. Beachley, Arlington
County health officer, said that un
der the current health budget
nurses’ salaries range from $1,840
to $2,400 a year. He added that
“for the time being I think our
nursing staff will meet county re
quirements:”
He said the 1946-7 county budget
provides for a $200 blanket increase
for all regular salaried employes,
including county public health
nurses and nurse supervisors.
He also asserted that space is
available in the county health cen
ter at 1800 North Edison street to
accommodate the school health
service and that he would be “glad”
to have that service located there.
The report was made by Dr. C. E.
A. Winslow, New Haven, Conn., pro
fessor emeritus of the public health
department, Yale University: Dr.
Ira V. Hiscock, also of New Haven,
chairman of the public health de
partment at Yale, and Dr. Claude
W. Munger, administrator of St.
Luke's Hospital, New York.
Montgomery Singled Out.
In singling out Montgomery Coun
ty for commendation, the report
pointed out that, although the coun
ty has a “very modest” health
budget of $1.19 per capita—about
the same as that spent in Alexan
dria and Arlington—the high eco
nomic status of its population elim
inates some problems.
Investigation of the county health
program, according to the report,
indicates that the area is “unusually
fortunate” in its official health lead
ership.
“Sound Approach.”
Noting that the county health
officer is attempting to obtain a
health center, school physician,
seven additional nurses, a cardiac
clinic and rheumatic fever program,
the report declared:
"We believe that these aspira
tions represent a wholly sound and
logical approach. The realization
would raise Montgomery County to
an outstanding position among the
counties of the United States.”
Turning to Alexandria and Ar
lington County, both of whom are
said to have “fine, new health cen
ters,” the report makes several rec
ommendations for improvement of
the local health machinery.
Most important of the recom
mendations concerning Alexandria,
according to the report, is expan
sion of the maternal, child health
and school health programs.
Would Combine Groups,
The report also urges the ap
pointment of a committee for con
ference between the Board of
Health and the Alexandria Visiting
Suburban Hospital
Reported Operating
At Near-Capacity
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, one
of the hospitals in Montgomery
County, which was lauded in the re
port of the Washington Metropoli
tan Health Council, has been oper
ating to near-capacity despite the
fact that when it first opened two
years ago there were more than 50
per cent vacancies.
A report submitted by Arthur B.
Solon, hospital superintendent, to
the Suburban Hospital Association
last week disclosed there was a daily
average of 99 patients registered
during March. He said the hos
pital had a capacity of 102 beds, of
which 18 were reserved for obstetri
cal cases.
When the hospital opened in De
cember, 1943, the average daily oc
cupancy for the first month, it was
revealed, was only 22 patients. The
number increased from 32 in Febru
ary to 56 in July, 1944, and by No
vember, the average had jumped to
77, it was pointed out.
The attitude of some District doc
tors who refused to send their pa
tients to Bethesda, due to the in
convenience, was responsible for
many of the vacancies, Mr. Solon
declared. Such a condition no
longer exists, he said.
Eighty-nine doctors treated pa
tients at the hospital during March,
Mr. Solon said, adding that a “good
percentage of these” were District
doctors.
Theodore Wiprud, secretary of the
District of Columbia Medical So
ciety, explained that it was "entirely
up to the individual doctor” whether
they would send their patients to
Suburban Hospital.
At first, Mr. Wiprud continued,
therewas reluctance on part of Dis
tricj^Msicians to go there because
of ^^^prder-line license question—
on^^requiring Distridtf* physicians
who operate in Maryland to pay a
*50 reciprocity fee to practice in the
State. Many of them now have the
Maryland licenses and are free to
use Suburban’s facilities, he said.
Holy Name Society
Elects in Alexandria
Francis H. Fannon of Alexandria
was elected president of the North
ern Virginia section of the Holy
Name Society at the semiannual
meeting in Alexandria.
Other officers elected Include H.
Ezekiez of Arlington, vice president;
C. J. McLain, Fredericksburg, sec
retary; Thomas Ballard, Falls
Church, treasurer, and the Rev. W.
D. McGonigle, pastor of St. Rita’s
Catholic Church, Alexandria, spirit
ual director.
Nurse Service with regard to a
possible combination of forces in
the public health nursing field.
“In such a development,” the re
in Arlington County, co-ordina
tion of health department and
school department is described as
“particularly important.” It is rec
ommended that the health work of
the board of education be located
in the Health Department Building.
“Far Less Satisfactory.”
Turning to Prince Georges and
Fairfax Counties, the report de
scribes health conditions there as
“far less satisfactory,” adding that
the health departments in the two
counties operate on budgets of 54
and 43 cents per capita, respectively.
“A county operating on such a
budget as this,” the report charged,
“would deserve serious concern even
when located in the heart of the
Appalachian Mountains. When the
condition exists in the heart of one
of the great metropolitan areas of
the United States, the situation is
extremely serious.”
While those making the survey
expressed surprise that “so much
has been accomplished in Prince
Georges County with its meager
financial resources,” they empha
sized that “there are limits beyond
which miracles cannot be expected.”
Conditions in Fairfax County, ac
cording to the report, “are even
worse” with no health officer, since
the man formerly holding the office
has resigned; three nurses, one
sanitary officer and two clerks. The
report emphasized that this staff
is the entire administrative unit
for three counties.
(Since the report was issued,,
however, a health officer has been
appointed and has taken over his
duties.)
“There is no routine bacteriologi
cal control of milk supply and no
dairy farm inspection,” the report
declared.
(While Fairfax County provides
no inspections of milk producers,
dairymen shipping milk to the
Washingtop market are inspected
regularly by either District, Alexan
dria or Arlington County health of
ficials. These inspections range
from once a month by Alexandria
officials to five times a year by Dis
trict authorities.)
Herbert Smoke (left) and Maynard Larrick get in trim for
their part in the pageant, in which they portray pioneers.
Apple. Blossom Festival Begins
With Pomp Despite Cloudy SkiefS
(Continued From First Page.i
group of 40 Navy planes Is sched
uled to fly over Winchester. They
will be led by Comdr. David Mc
Campbell, the Navy’s ace pilot. Col.
James P. S. Devereux, of Wake’Is
land fame,' also has a prominent
place in nre two-day festivities.
Queen Shenandoah XIX will be
heard on an American Broadcast
ing Co. hookup tonight between 6
and 6:15 o’clock, festival officials
announced.
This morning the queen and
members of her court, accompanied
by festival officials and others, vis
ited orchards in the area which
have been left blossomless by an
Airly spring.
A prelude to today’s events was
given yesterday at the Handley
High School where a dress re
hearsal was held of the pageant
“Our Heritage,” written and nar
rated by larland R. Quarles, su
perintendent of schools and princi
pal of Handley High.
Pageant Starts Today.
The pageant is to take place at 3
p.m. today and will be repeated at
11 a.m. tomorrow for visitors who
are unable to obtain housing ac
commodations overnight. Only a
downpour would force cancellation
of the pageant, festival officials de
clared.
One thousand students of Win
chester schools will participate in
the colorful event which will be ac
companied by the high school or
chestra. The pageant opens when
40 high schools girls dedicate the
fete to the fruit for which the fes
tival is named. They march down
the steps leading into the bowl in
solemn procession and each carries
a large apple in her hands. They
are attired in flowing Grecian
robes and march to Handel’s
“Largo.”
The pageant then opens with a
winter scene portrayed by 40 boys
and girls in skating costumes. Win
ter changes into spring, however,
when the girls remove their white
uniforms and appear in green ballet
dresses.
400 Dancers in Pageant.
In subsequent acts, w’hich portray
successively spring, summer and fall,
as many as 400 participants dance
in front of the columned portico,
on the steps, the terraces and in
front of the esplanades at each side
of the school.
America’s heritage is emphasized
in the finale with representation of
our armed forces in World War II.
First Jhe Army, then the Navy, and
finally the Marine Corps march out
or the school portico and form &q
honor guard along the terraced steps
while girls in colorful uniforms as
semble in the sloping center. At a
designated signal, the girls unfurl
a huge American flag and the Na
tional Anthem is played.
One of the high lights of the pa
geant is a portrayal by elementary
and intermediate school children
of Mother Goose rhymes. The “Little
Miss Mullet” sequence features
small boys garbed in spiders’ cos
tumes who crawl from beneath the
shrubbery fronting the esplanade
wings.
Members of the press and radio
were entertained later yesterday at
a cocktail party given by Harry
Byrd, jr„ son of Senator Byrd, and
his wife.
Mrs. Byrd is Former Queen.
Mrs. Byrd was Queen Shenandoah
of 1937. She is the former Gretchen
Thomson of New Orleans. Also pres
ent at the party were J. Pinckney
Arthur, vice president of the festi
val and Ralph G. Hengeveld, direc
tor of the feature parade.
One hundred or more wounded
Army veterans will be brought here
for tomorrow’s festivities from the
Newton D. Baker Memorial Hospital,
Martinsburg, W. Va. The Red Cross
is furnishing transportation and
special arrangements have been
made to give the disabled veterans
privileges during the affair.
The Army, Navy and Marine Corps
have exhibitions on display here de
signed to show the contributions the
respective services made toward
winning the war.
The Navy exhibit is on display at
South Braddock and Cecil streets.
The Marine Corps exhibit is at 14
East Picadilly street, while the
Army’s display is at the auxiliary
field north of Handley High School.
Darden Not Interested
In State School Post
By the Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va., May 2.—A
conference between former Gov.
Darden and Gov. Tuck here yester
day apparently ended speculation on
whether the former executive may
be named State superintendent of
public instruction.
Although neither gave a yes or
no answer, it was learned that Mr.
Darden appeared unwilling to take
on the full-time position which will
be vacated some time before July 1
by Dr. Dabney S. Lancaster, who
will become president of Farmville
State Teachers College.
Rain Wins for Weatherman
Rain reigned supreme here yes
terday afternoon and a heavy fog
took over during the night, atmos
pheric conditions which delighted
gardeners, geese and the Weather
man and made nobody mad but air
line pilots and Clark Griffith.
*** you did rr
^ tSun Ottefif
The forecaster rang up his fourth
consecutive win _ by correctly pre
dicting the rain. The fog, which
was thicker than the callouses on a
taxi dancer’s foot, was thrown in
for good measure.
If our local prophet keeps oh call
ing his shots so handily, Lloyds of
London— .vhich will insure almost
anything but the life expectation of
Hermann Goering—may cease bet
ting against the weather for clients
who can pay healthy premiums.
The Weatherman, whose daily war
with the elements is in its second
week now, holds a 7-to-3 advantage.
He is rated each day by his predic
tions for the 24-hour period starting
at 7 a.m.
The Standings.
Won. Lost. Pet.
Weatherman _7 3 .700
The Forecast.
Prom 7 am. today to 7 am. Fri
day.—Foggy in suburbs early today
and partly cloudy mostly today and
tonight with brief showers. Occa
sional rain and colder tomorrow.
Nancy Kaine, one of the participants in the “Dedication of the Apple,” a scene in the pag
eant, is photographed against a background of blossoming dogwood, since practically all the
blossoms of the thousands of apple trees surrounding the Shenandoah Valley city already have
disappeared.
Early arrivals at the festival, their spirits undampened by a slight shower, occupy the
stands erected to accommodate the large crowd expected to witness the opening of the festi
val. The weather forecast for today is cloudy and warmer. Coronation of Queen Shenandoah
•XKC will open the pageant. —Star Staff Photos by llwood Baker.
Fairfax School Board
Asks $15,000 Loan
For Herndon High
An application of the Fairfax
County School Board requesting a
loan for $15,000 from the State
literary fund to be used for im
provements at Herndon High School
was approved yesterday by the
County Board of Supervisors. The
proposed loan would supplement a
loan of $45,000 previously obtained
for the same purpose.
The supervisors deferred action on
another application for a literary
loan of $145,000 for construction of
a colored elementary school at Falls
Church, when Commonwealth At
torney Hugh B. Marsh ruled that
legislation enacted by the State As
sembly permitting the borrowing of
100 per cent instead of 85 per cent
of the cost of construction from
the literary fund does not become
effective until June. The loan is
being applied for under the new
law.
The board approved a request of
Capt. Carl R. McIntosh, police chief,
for the purchase of two motorcycles
for the traffic squad. Capt. McIn
tosh said that he is planning to
establish a special traffic detail and
he believed motorcycles were more
suitable for this work than patrol
cars. The county abandoned the use
of motorcycles for traffic work about
15 years ago.
Plans for a new overhead bridge
on the Franconia road at the R. F.
Sc P. Railroad crossing, and widen
ing of the underpass on the Lunt
road under the same railroad were
approved by the board. The cost.of
the new bridge will be borne en
tirely by the railroad and the under
pass widening jointly by the railroad
and the State Highway Department.
The application of Julian C. Car
per to rezone from residential busi
ness four lots at Beverly Manor was
denied by the board after a number
of residents in the adjacent area
voiced objections to the proposal.
Arlington Cancer Group
Opens $4r000 Campaign
The Arlington branch of the Vir
ginia Cancer Foundation has opened
a campaign for $4,000 as'its contri
bution toward the national quota,
it was announced today.
Dr. Richard E. Kelso, drive chair
man, said the local campaign was
delayed a month because of the War
Memorial Association fund cam
paign.
Main objective of the local effort,
he said, is to raise funds for the
establishment of a cancer clinic in
Arlington.
No housd-to-house canvass will
be made, he.said, but plans are be
ing completed to collect donations
through all county civic organiza
tions, the Chamber of Commerce,
theaters and public schools. Checks
also may be mailed to the Arlington
branch, care of Thomas A. O’Hal
loran, treasurer, 914 North Irving
street.
Sorority to Hold Dance
The Beta Beta Chapter of Gamma
Phi Beta Sorority, at the University
of Maryland, will hold its spring
formal dance from 9 to 12 pm. to
morrow at the Chevy Chase Wom
en’s Club.
Courtland Group Elects
Federation Delegates
The Courtland Civic Association
has elected four delegates and four
alternates to the Arlington Civic
Federation, it w^s announced today.
Delegates named are O. K. Nor
mann, H. H. Howe, C. H. Smith
and Mrs. H. S. Omohundro. Alter
nates are Mrs. L. C. Covell, jr.; H.
L. Gather, G. J. Lester and R. A.
Bowman.
The organization recently was
voted into membership by the fed
eration.
Fight on Athletic Fund
Suit Set for May 13
Argument on a plea to dismiss a
suit filed by Frank L. Ball, jr.,
Arlington attorney, seeking to re
quire School Department officials to
deposit athletic contest funds with
the county treasurer, has been set
for May 13 by Circuit Judge Walter
T. McCarthy.
The plea was filed by Common
wealth’s Attorney Lawrence W.
Douglas on behalf of School Supt.
Fletcher Kemp, one of the respon
dents named in the suit.
Mr. Ball, in his petition, alleges
admission fees to school athletic
events, guarantees for sports en
gagements at other schools and fees
for participating in the all-star post
season charity game are public
funds under the Virginia Code.
The petition also charges that
Washington-Lee High School sports
are conducted by School Board
agents “for a profit” which comes
into “the hands of the School Board
through its agents.”
Another allegation states there is
no committee organization or asso
ciation of students designated as an
athletic association at the school.
“No student,” it said, “is given
any report of receipts of expendi
tures of any of the said funds.”
Mr. Douglas has answered the
charges with a statement that the
funds cannot be classed as public
under State law.
County Treasurer John Locke
Green, with an intervening petition
supporting Mr. Ball’s plea, also is
a party to the action.
County Taverns Warned
On License Expirations
The Prince Georges County Board
of Liquor License Commissioners
report that only 262 of the 294 beer,
wine and liquor licenses that were
issued for last year have been re
newed.
Expiration date for the old ones
was midnight Tuesday. r.inri»n Bris
coe, clerk to the commissioners, said
the 32 places who failed to renew
their licenses will face severe pen
alties if caught operating without a
license.
Of the number obtained so far, 75
were for on sale, beer, wine and
liquor licenses, for which the fee is
$500 for one year. The number of
other licenses were as follows: Fifty
eight beer, wine and liquor, off sale
($150 each); 40 beer and light wine
on sale ($35 and $60); 4 beer and
light wine, off sale ($35); 67 beer,
on sale, ($25 and $50), and 18 beer,
off sale, ($25).
Sodality to Hold Dance
A dance and card party will be
held at the Shoreham Hotel tonight
under the auspices of St. Michael’s
Sodality, Silver Spring, Md.
Falls Church May Get
Tripps Run Land for
Recreation Area Use
The town of Falls -Church soon
may receive sufficient grants of laud
along Tripps Run in the Greeriway
Dawns section from Oak street to
Lee highway to establish a town
park and recreational area.
This was revealed last night at a
meeting of the West End Citizens’
Association by Ralph R. Ley, presi
dent. Mr. Ley said that the re
cently-formed Falls Church Recrea
tion Committee, in co-operation
with the Town Planning Commission,
had received assurances from two
landowners whose holdings border
on Tripps Run that they would be
willing either to deed or make avail
able to the town the necessary por
tions of their property. Mr. Ley
said that negotiations .with other
large landholders in the area are
under way and that it is possible
that the recreational area may take
shape before the erih of the summer.
If the land is obtained, Mr. Ley
declared, he had made arrange
ments to obtain a temporary build
ing from the Government to be used
for the time being as a recreational
headquarters.
After complaints by several citi
zens that during the summer
months in some areas of the town
the water pressure is so low that
none is available during certain
hours, the association named Capt.
P. W. Rains, U. S. N., to look into
the problem and the possibilities
of obtaining more water from Ar
lington.
The association voted to send a
letter to the council indorsing a
plan for prohibiting all parking
for about 200 feet in each direc
tion from the traffic light in Falls
Church. The plan also contem
plates the discontinuance of the
traffic light during rush hours and
the direction of traffic by a police
man.
Several members of the associa
tion were directed to go to the
public hearing in Fairfax today and
tomorrow to ascertain whether or
not acreage in the town is being
assessed at its proper valuation.
Members expressed the view that if
the large, undeveloped tracts in
the town are being assessed as farm
lands rather than city lots, the
town should enter a formal protest
with the Board of Assessors.
Study of Waterfront
Development Opens
At Hearing May 21
A hearing on the House Rivera
and and Harbors Committee pro
posal to link the future improve
ment of Washington’s waterfront
with a long-range rivers and har
bors project will be held at 9:30
a.m. May 21, Col. Donald G. White,
Army district engineer for the Po
tomac, Rappahannock and Patux
ent watersheds, announced today.
Hearing notices have been mailed
to nearly 250 members of Congress,
civic leaders, shipping and commer
cial firms, Federal officials, State,
county and municipal authorities
and planning agencies in the Wash
ington area.
An investigation, of which the
hearing is a part, is to cover the
waterfront of the Potomac River
from Chain Bridge to Mount Vernon
and the Anacostia from Bladens
burg to Buzzard Point.
Piecemeal Planning Opposed.
The investigation was authorized
by the Rivers and Harbors Act of
March 2, 1945, after a campaign by
the Washington Board of Trade and
other civic groups who felt the
future plan of the city is bound up
to a large extent with the treatment
given its waterfront and who did not
want to see the waterfront and adja
cent areas planned piecemeal.
While the engineers will concern
themselves specifically with channel,
flood control and harbor improve
ments, involving extensive dredging
and filling and the shifting of exist
ing harbor lines, any plan which
comes out of the investigation will
involve the future schemes of park
and recreation agencies, commercial
interests, sporting associations and
military establishments.
Major Questions Up.
Some of the questions facing the
investigators are:
Should more of the waterfront be
Federally owned?
Should it be placed under the con
trol of some form of special port
authority?
Are dredging and filling and shift
ing of harbor lines going to help or
hurt the chances of park and recrea
tion development, highway improve
ments, shipping, yachting and boat
ing, swimming, fishing, sanitation,
wildlife, transportation and private
property?
Under these general questions will
come a host of lesser matters, in
volving specific projects which are
being advanced for the Washington
of tomorrow.
Arlington Delegation
To Seek Road Funds
Arlington's representatives in the
General Assembly will join County
Board Chairman. Edmund D. Camp
bell and other county officials to
head a large delegation attending a
hearing of the State Highway Com
mission at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Rich
mond.
t
The group will seek to find out
why the county received no alloca
tion of State highway funds in the
1946-7 allotments to various dis
tricts and to determine when State
action is scheduled on the construc
tion work along Glebe road, Lee
highway and Fairfax drive.
Board members have charged the
State Highway Department is wait
ing until Arlington incorporates as a
city, to avoid the expenditures, estit
mated at between $3,000,000 and $4,*
000,000.
Such a situation, according to Mr.
Campbell, would delay the proposed
incorporation of the county, fer
which an enabling act was enacted
by the last session of the Legislature.
Those attending the meeting, in
addition to the Assemblymen, are
Paul A. Hill, secretary, and E. G.
Baldwin, president, of the Chamber
of Commerce, and Robert J. Lan
craft, executive secretary of the
Alexandria-Arlington-Falrf ax Real
Estate Board.
THE WASHINGTON HEBREW CONGREGATION
THE TEMPLE OF REFORM JUDAISM
Sth and H Streeti N.W.
Tomorrow Night at 8:15—Divine Worship
GUEST PREACHER
RABBI PAUL RICHMAN
"JEWS AND POLlflCS"
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Public Welcome s
RABBI GERSTENFELD WILL BROADCAST ON
'THE ANGLO-AMERICAN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON
PALESTINE: JUSTICE OR BETRAYAL?"
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