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WASHINGTON, D. C. • THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1946. D
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Daylight Time
Backers Seek
House Action
D. C. Committee Calls
On Commissioners to
Explain Objections
A new drive to obtain daylight
saving time for the District was
launched in Congress today by Rep
resentative Murphy, Democrat, of
Pennsylvania.
At his request, the House District
Committee agreed to ask the Com
missioners for a report on why they
oppose it.
Chairman McMillan, Democrat, of
South Carolina, said he had asked
the Commissioners to draw up a bill
for consideration at the next meet
ing of the committee, but had been
told the Commissioners feel that
daylight saving would upset sched
ules of nearby Maryland and Vir
ginia communities.
“I think the Commissioners
wrong,” Representative Murphy de
clared. ‘‘I would like to see some
action.”
Plea From Radio Stations.
It is more important, he said, that
the Nation's Capital have the same
time schedule as other large metro
politan centers than that it be
geared to the schedule of the small i
communities surrounding it.
The committe has received a plea
for daylight saving time from radio
station operators having difficulty
adjusting local programs to the na
tional programs they receive from
cities on daylight saving time.
The committee reported out two
District bills already passed by the
Senate. One would exempt the
Disabled American Veterans from
taxation. The other would set up
a voluntary apprenticeship training
program in the District and estab
lish an apprenticeship council to set
standards for apprenticeship agree
ments.
Opposed by Commissioners.
Corporation Counsel Vernon West
reported that the Commissioners
oppose any bill to exempt groups
from taxation by special act but
recognized that the American Le
gion, in the same category as the
DAV, now is exempt by law.
No objections were raised to the
bill to encourage apprenticeship
training for young people. It pro
vides for employment of a director
of apprenticeship who would serve
without compensation. The Appren
ticeship Council, which would meet
at the call of the director, would
sponsor local Joint Trade Appren
ticeship Committees and set up con
ditions and training standards for
apprentices.
Dr. Holden Elected
Medical Society Head
Dr. Raymond T. Holden, recently
discharged from the Navy, last night
was elected president of the Dis
trict Medical Society for the year
beginning July 1, 1947.
He will succeed Dr. William P.
Herbst, jr., chief of Gallinger Hos
pital’s urological section, who will
take office July 1 of this year.
Other officers elected are Col. A.
Clagett Gray, chief medical officer
for selective service here, first vice
president; Dr. Catherine W. John
son, second vice president: Dr. Wil
liam Earl Cook, who retires as presi
dent in July, to be an executive
board member for a four-year term,
and Dr. Walter Atkinson for a
thrge-year term.
The speaker at last night’s meet
ing was Dr. Robert C. Cook, deputy!
medical director of the Veterans’
Administration, who cited the in
creasing need for private medical
assistance to veterans because of
the inability of VA to provide doc-!
tors and hospital facilities for all1
ex-servicemen requiring treatment. |
The Medical Society designated:
September 30 and October 1 and 2
for the seventeenth annual scien-:
title assembly at the Hotel Statler.
Rev. Robert Williams Asked
To Join European Tour
The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Williams,
pastor of Asbury Methodist Church,
has been asked to join a group of !
20 persons on a tour of European i
countries this
summer to study ■■
social changes,
it was an
nounced today.
The group,
sponsored b y
World Study
Tours, will leave
New York on
June 26 by ship
and visit Eng
land, Prance and
Sweden. Con
ferences will be
held in each
country with
political figures. Dr. B. M. Williams,
labor leaders, writers and educators.
The announcement said the State
Department has consulted “the gov
ernments concerned and found them
hospitable to our coming.”
Dr. Williams, pastor of Asbury
Church since 1931, is president of
the Interdenominational Ministers’
Alliance of Washington and Prot
estant chairman of the Committee
on Religious Life in Washington.
I
Overlade Inspects Cflstrict Jail;
To See City Heads Tomorrow
Warden J. Ellis Overlade (right) shown visiting the Dis
trict Jail with Welfare Director Ray L. Huff.
__ —Star Staff Photo.
warden J. Ellis Overlade, called
here from his post as head of the
Federal Prison at Terre Haute, Jnd.,
to reorganize District penal institu
tions, paid his first visit to the Dis
trict Jail today.
Accompanied by Welfare Director
Ray L. Huff, Mr. Overlade said he
planned to spend most of the day
looking over the jail.
Asked how long he expects to stay
here, the prison warden replied, “As
long as they need me, of course.
But I’d like to get back to my own
job. There's a lot to do out there,
too.”
Until he has had more of a chance
to study the District’s penal system
in general and the jail in particu
lar, Mr. Overlade said he couldn’t
discuss his plans.
He is scheduled to confer with the
District Commissioners at 9:30 a.m.
tomorrow.
Mr. Overlade lost no time in get
ting to work after his arrival here
yesterday. Shortly after he reached
town, he took part in a District
Building conference called to decide
what additional funds were needed
to provide necessary personnel and
better facilities at the jail.
James V. Bennett, director of the
Federal Bureau of Prisons, who re
quested that Mr. Overlade come
here as acting penal superintendent
during the reorganization period,
said the prison warden would start
his work by considering what per
sonnel changes are needed.
Study of Waterfront
Development Opens
At Hearing May 21
A hearing on the House Rivers
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 oflJcials. State,
county and municipal authorities
and planning agencies in the Wash
ngton area.
An investigation, of which the
nearing is a part, is to cover the
waterfront of the Potomac River
Erom Chain Bridge to Mount Vernon
and the Anacostia from Bladens
nurg 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 wTho 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 dredgingj
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.
Veterans Meet Tonight
On Housing Situation
Representatives of 40 veterans and
related organizations will meet at
8 o’clock tonight at the District Vet
erans’ Information Center, 1350
Pennsylvania avenue N.W., in con
nection with the housing campaign
for veterans.
The session was called by A. E.
Casgrain of the Brylawski Commit
tee on Veterans' Housing, primarily
to circulate among veterans a ques
tionnaire to establish statistics on
housing requirements. A repre
sentative of Housing Administrator
Wilson Wyatt also is expected to be
on hand to discuss the Wyatt hous
ing program for veterans.
Rain Wins for Weatherman
itain reignea supreme nere 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 IT
A6AlNCft£F/
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 on call
ing his shots so handily, Lloyds of
London—which 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,
i He is rated each day by his predic
j tions for the 24-hour period starting
at 7 a.m.
The Standings.
Won. Lost. Pet.
Weatherman _7 3 .700
The Forecast.
From 7 a.m. today to 7 a.m. Fri
day.—Foggy in suburbs early today
and partly cloudy mostly today and
tonight with brief showers. Occa
sional rain and colder tomorrow.
Miss Herbert Retiring
From Library Nov. 1;
To Continue Activities
When she retires November 1 as
head librarian at the District Pub
lic Library, Miss Clara W. Herbert
will have plenty of books and other
professional in
terasts to keep
her busy.
She said to
day at her
home. 3920 Jen
ifer street N.W.,
that she expects
not only to
catch up on a
lot of reading,
but will con
tinue writing on
library adminis
tration and per- 1
sonnel problems i
ana m a 1 n i am
active connec- Min Herbert,
tion with the American Library As
sociation of which she has been an
executive board member for the past
four years.
Miss Herbert, who will be 70 in
October and came to the library here
in 1907, remarked that formal an
nouncement of her retirement has
not yet been made by library trus-,
tees. “There's nothing surprising j
about it, however,” she added, “but
I am surprised that there is so
much attention being given to it
today.”
Succeeded to Post in 1940.
Chief librarian since 1940. when
^ehe succeeded Dr. George F. Bower
man. and previously assistant li
brarian since 1920, she said that her
plans for the future will be guided
largely by the basic idea she always
has had about the function of a
library. That purpose, she explained,
is to help as many people as pos
sible to obtain “prints"—that is,
books, pictures, records and so forth
—in as large a quantity and qual
ity as possible to enable them “to
live a more satisfactory life.”
Her own experience at the Public
Library has been satisfying and
stimulating, she said, but she still
wants to read many books and make
some library studies for which, be
cause of her administrative duties,
she has hitherto found little time. |
Headed Children’s Unit Here.
A native of Southwick, near West- j
field, Mass., Miss Herbert studied
at Vassar College for two years, pre
pared for library work at the Car-i
negie Institution, Pittsburgh, and
worked in the Brooklyn Library for
several years. From 1907 to 1914
she was children’s librarian here.
Before being appointed assistant
librarian in 1920 she directed train
ing in library crafts.
Besides serving on the Executive
Board of the American Library As
sociation she is a member of that
organization’s Board of Personnel
Administration.
She has contributed to various
library publications and is author
of a book “Personnel Administratiori
in Public Libraries.”
Today she was at home with a
slight cold but expects to be back
at her desk next week. After No
vember she may go to California for
a holiday.
D. C. Dairies Plan fo Seek
Increase in Price of Milk
District dairies today planned to
seek an increase in the price of milk
following the signing of a wage
raise contract yesterday with the
Milk Drivers and Dairy Employes’
Union, Local 246, AFL.
The contract, which must be ap
proved by the Wage Stabilization
Board, was signed by dairy and
union representatives at the Wash
ington Hotel.
It calls for a $7.20 wage increase
for 1,700 dairy workers and will re
main in effect for one year.
To offset increased operating costs
caused by the wage raises, dairy
officials convened in executive ses
sion to map plans to obtain an in
crease in the price of milk. It is
planned to present a petition for
price increases to the Wage Stabili- |
zation Board and the Office of Price
Administration.
Officials said it. has not been de- 1
cided how much of a price increase
will be sought, but indicated that a i
1 to 2 cents increase a quart was ]
discussed at the meeting. ]
Education Board
Opposes Bill for
Day-Care Units
Sees Permanent
Center as 'Social
Welfare Projects'
The Board of Education has told
the District Commissioners that
while it might eventually hold
nursery classes a few hours a day
for children under 5, it is opposed to
making day-care centers permanent
because they are “social welfare
projects,” not educational.
The board at its meeting yesterday
laid down this policy in answer to a
query from the city heads for its
opinion on the bill proposed by
Representative Healy, Democrat, of
California, to make the emergency
day-care centers permanent. Super
intendent of Schools Hobart M.
Corning said the fees for dav care,
authorized in the proposed bill, are
“repugnant to the American theory
of free public education.”
A number of States already have
set up instruction for very young
children, but the day-care centers
now being operated by the mothers
in school buildings here are strictly
"custodial” In nature and do not
attempt to teach anything. Dr.
Corning said. Education, not “com
munity welfare,” is the function «f
the public schools, he said.
Other Needs First.
It is “conceivable” the schools
might like to teach very young chil
dren at some future date, but first
"crying needs” for space to relieve
7,000 youngsters on part-time in
struction should be met, Dr. Corning
said.
The mothers have been authorized
to operate the day-care centers only
through June 30. Mr. Healy's bill
would make them an integral part
of the school system starting July 1
Dr. Corning told the board that
27 Health Department doctors have
reported that the average Washing
ton school child is well fed but that
pupils at five public schools and one
parochial school are suffering from
“marked malnutrition.” The survey
was made after Secretary of Com
merce Wallace said one-third of
Washfngton school children he had
seen on the streets are not as well
nourished as pigs and heifers.
Only three of the 27 inspectors
believed that one-third of the young
sters in their areas are under
nourished, Dr. Coming said. Most
dt' them reported that less than 5
per cent of their students are ill fed.
The public schools reported to be
suffering from "marked” malnutri
tion, Dr. Corning said, are the
Seaton, Second and I streets N.W.:
Davis, Forty-fourth plac® and H
street S.E.; Blair, Sixth and I streets
N.E.; Jones, First and L streets
N.W.; and Walker, Third and K
streets N.w.
Twenty-five per cent of the stu
dents at the St. Aloysius Parochial
School, North Capitol and K streets,
show signs of malnutrition, the
doctors told Dr. Corning.
Protesting Coaches Criticized.
School cafeterias offer well bal
anced meals but the children do not
always select good ones, Dr. Coming
explained.
Board members termed as “in
subordinate" and "reprehensible”
a letter written to them by some
colored high school coaches last
week, saying they refused to use
the Dunbar High School pool and
stadium until repairs are made. Dr.
Garnet C. Wilkerson, assistant
superintendent, said the . repairs
already had been started when the
Interscholastic Coaches Association,
headed by Charles L. Pinderhughes,
wrote the letter without notifying
their principals of their intention.
The board also decided to ask the
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
to withold issuance of a "Class D”
liquor license to the Super Del
Delicatessen. 2451 Good Hope road
S.E., until members have a chance
to investigate. protests of school
officers that children from the Stan
ton School, 550 feet away, buy
lunch and candy there.
Eight Holdup Suspects
Are Identified in Lineup
More than 150 victims of gun
point robberies in 1945 and this
year appeared at police headquar
ters last night to view 16 suspects
in a special lineup, and eight col
ored men were identified as holdup
men in a total of 17 robberies. ,
All the men identified were to be
arraigned before United States
Commissioner Needham C. Turnage
this morning.
Among the victims present was
Jacob Hopkins, 76, who was shot in
the neck in a pistol battle with two
housebreakers which, police believe,
ended when his assailants both
were wounded. Mr. Hopkins identi
fied two men arrested in Alexandria
last week as the robbers.
TRIBUTE TO KING APPLE—Nancy Kaine rehearses her part in the “Dedication of the Apple”
scene in the pageant, “Our Heritage,” presented today and tomorrow as part of the apple fes
tival which opened today in Winchester, Va. Miss Kaine is pictured against a background of
blossoming dogwood, since nearly all apple blossoms in the Shenandoah Valley area have dis
aPPeared- -Star Staff Photo.
Commissioners Call
Gas Officials to Map
Strike Precautions
Washington Gas Light Co. offi
cials were called to the District
Building today by Commissioner
John Russell Young to discuss what
effect a gas workers’ strike would
have on the community and possible
measures to protect public health
and safety if the threatened walk
out materializes.
Marcy Sperry, gas company presi
dent, and Everett J. Boothby, vice
president, met with Commissioner
Young and Engineer Commissioner
Brig. Gen. Gordon R. Young, who is
also acting chairman of the Public
Utilities Commission.
The gas company officials are un
derstood to have told the Commis
sioners of the "dangerous” poten
tialities in a stoppage of gas supply
for the 260,000 gas consumers in
Washington and nearby Maryland
and Virginia.
Warn of Grave Dangers.
Meanwhile, Labor Department
conciliation service officials sought
to draft a compromise acceptable
to both workers and management
to avert the strike.
Although representatives of both
workers and the gas company felt
the Government would step in if a
strike were voted by the gas work
ers’ union tomorrow night, the
means by which this would be car
ried out were in doubt.
One source close to the wage dis
pute said "it looks as if the White
House would have to handle the situ
ation if a strike were voted.”
Gas company engineers have
warned it will take 30 to 60 days
to restore safe gas service if the
flow of the fuel were cut off for
only a few hours.
The engineers said dangers of
explosions would be constant un
til a minute check of every gas
connection in the city had been
made after a stoppage.
Seek to Avoid Hardships.
American Federation of Labor of
ficials are understood to be urging
the organized production and office
workers of the company, numbering
about 1,100, to submit the contro
versy to arbitration. The workers'
representatives met until late yes
terday with company officials and
Federal Conciliator Lucien Rye
The session broke up with state-:
ment by union officials that they
were not authorized by their mem
bership to agree to arbitration.
The proposal, “strike or arbitrate,”
will be submitted at a mass meeting
of the workers tomorrow night.
After yesterday's session, a group
of union officials went to the Labor
Department to discuss methods of
maintaining vital gas services in the
event of a strike. The union in
dicated it desired to avoid hardships.
Spokesmen for both sides gave no
indication of weakening in their
stands taken yesterday. The com
pany's top offer has been 18Vi cents
an hour increase while the union
stands pat on 24 cents. The original
demand was 31 cents.
British Airways Asks
Bermuda Fare Cut
The British Overseas Airways
Corp. today followed up its decision
to continue Baltimore-to-Bermuda
flying boat service until October 1
with a request to the Civil Aeronau
tics Board for authority to reduce
fares from $80 to $70 one way and
from $144 to $126 round -trip, effec
tive May 13.
Former Marine Hero, Wounded
In Pacific, Held in Burglary
Thomas O. Jones, 21, of 155 Rhode
Island avenue N.E., former Marine,
who was wounded while killing
eight Japanese on Bougainville, to
day was ordered
held for the
grand jury on
a housebreak
ing charge by
Municipal Judge
John P. McMa
hon.
Jones, who re
c e i v e d the
Bronze Star
Medal and the
Purple Heart,
was caught in a
bakery early
yesterday, police
reported. With
Jones, the ar- Thomas O. Jones,
resting officers said, was another
veteran, former sailor James Pres
ton McDaniel, 21, of 701 Seventh
street S.W.
The former Marine pleaded not
guilty this morning and waived pre
liminary hearing. Newspaper clip
pings revealed what the prisoner de
clined to elaborate on.
In an attack on a Japanese pill
box on Bougainville, Jones’ outfit
was held up by fierce enemy fire,
it was learned from newspaper files.
Bullets from the Jap emplacement
knocked Jones’ automatic weapon
from his hands. Grabbing the gun
of a wounded comrade, he made a
one-man charge, killing eight of the
enemy and capturing the emplace
ment.
Pvts. Thomas F. Allen and Clar
ence A. Chaney testified they en
tered the bakery when housebreak
ers were seen entering the store at
708 Seventh street S.W., at 1:50 a.m.
yesterday. Pvt. Allen told the court
he found a partially opened closet
door and saw a foot sticking out.
It was Jones’ foot, the same foot
which was torn by a Japanese bullet
on Bougainville, the injury for
which he was honorably discharged
from the Marine Corps last June.
Drawing his pistol, Pvt. Allen
said “if the owner of that foot
doesn’t come out, I’m going to
shoot!” The policeman said Jones
and McDaniel surrendered.
Jones is represented by Attorney
Manuel J. Davis, while Ben Lindas
represents McDaniel. Both defend
ants were released in $1,000 bond.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jones,
the former Marine has lived in
Washington since his early school
days. He was a Western Union mes
senger and a filling station attend
ant before he enlisted in June, 1942.
Two of his brothers, James Vernon
and Earl J. Jones, served with the ■
Navy in the war.
Apple Blossom Festival Begins
With Ceremony Despite Rain
Nimitz to Crown Miss Anderson Today;
Crowds Pouring Into Winchester for Event
By Alex R. Preston
Star Staff Correspondent
WINCHESTER, Va., May 2.—
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom
Festival began with traditional
pomp and ceremony today just
prior to the coronation of Miss
Nancy Anderson, daughter of
the Secretary of Agriculture.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, chief
of naval operations, will crown
the 1946 queen at 3 o’clock.
Rain began to fall at noon, but
crowds poured into Winchester at
an early hour, and hotels and tour
ist homes were forced to turn back
those who had not made reserva
tions. Arrangements have been
made to hold the ceremony in the
Handley High School auditorium In
the event of a “downpour” this
afternoon.
Today's events have been desig
nated a part of "Nimitz Day,” while
Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, Marine
Corps commandant, will be honored
tomorrow.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd will be
in the official party accompanying
Admiral Nimitz to the festival. Ten
tative plans also call for Gov. Tuck's
participation in public and private
social functions during the two-day
festivities.
Miss Anderson arrived yesterday
afternoon and was the guest of
Nelson Page, postmaster. A dance
in her honor and for the princesses
of her court was given at the York'
Inn last night.
At a stag luncheon at the Win
chester Golf Club, Admiral Nimitz
was to pin medals on two former
Navy officers. Arthur W. Gilkey will
receive the Navy Air Medal, while C.
A. Custer is scheduled to receive the
Distinguished Flying Cross. Both
are former lieutenants, junior grade,
and residents of Winchester.
During the main parade at 2 p.m.
tomorrow, in which Maj. Gen.
James M. Gavin of the 82d Air
borne Division will participate, a
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 the two-day festivities.
Queen Shenandoah XIX will be
heard on an American Broadcast
ing Co. hookup tonight between 6
and 6f 15 o’clock, festival officials
announced.
This morning the queen and
members of her court, accompanied
by festival officials and others, vis
i ited orchards in the area which
have been left blossomless by an
early 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
pjn. today and will be repeated at1
11 a.m. tomorrow for visitors who
are unable to obtain housing ac-1
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 Army, Navy and Marine Corps
have exhibitions on display here de
signed to show the contributions the
respective services made toward
winning the war.
Falls Church Riders
Oppose Fare Increase
To Settle Bus Strike
The Arnold Lines bus strike went
into its seventh day today as nego
tiators scheduled another meeting
and 50,000 nearby Virginia com
muters used other means of trans
portation to get to work.
Possibility that bus riders from the
Palls Church section will oppose any
strike settlement at their expense
arose today when a meeting was
scheduled for tomorrow night to dis
cuss the question whether the town
will protest the proposed increase in
bus fares now being sought by the
Arnold Lines. The meeting will be
held at the Falls Church Police
Station following the regular Police
Court session.
Company Insists on Fare Raise.
Bus company officials have indi
cated that any increase that may
result from the present wage con
troversy must be contingent upon
increased fares being granted by the
Interstate Commerce Commission.
Town officials are quoted as say
ing they believe Falls Church bus
riders should be getting a reduction
in fares instead of an increase.
Fare between Washington and
Falls Church is 20 cents per trip,
with no provision for monthly or
weekly reductions.
Various citizens’ associations are
looking into the problem and will
express their opinion at the meeting
as to whether the strike-bound bus
line is justified in seeking an in
crease in fares.
Arbitration Plea Fails.
Efforts to submit the dispute to
arbitration failed last night when
the representatives of the Amalga
mated Association of Street, Electric
Railway and Motor Coach Employes,
Division 1079, rejected the offer of
Washington - Virginia - Maryland
Coach Co. officials to arbitrate the
issues. The union represents the
250 strikers involved.
In making the arbitration pro
posal, company officials insisted
that the workers return to work as
soon as possible. They also insisted
that the contract scheduled to go
into effect May 19 exclude any
clause calling for compulsory arbi
tration of future contracts.
The union announced its rejec
tion of the proposal at 6 45 p.m.
yesterday. Negotiations were sched
uled to resume at 10:30 a.m. today.
Merritt Memorial Rites
To Be Held Sunday
Memorial services for Dr. Edwin
A. Merritt will be held at 4 p.m.
Sunday in the gardens of his home,
9312 Connecticut avenue N.W.
Dr. Merritt, radiologist and head
of the Warwick Cancer Clinic at
Garfield Hospital, died April 9 at
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Two D. C. Men Injured
In Warship Explosions
Telephone to Wives
Two District men injured in the
U. S. S. Solar explosion Tuesday at
Earle, N. J., telephoned their wives
here last night that they had suf
fered only slight injuries. A third
District man escaped unhurt.
Ensign Robert J. McCollom, 21
1435 Spring road N.W.. is under
treatment for multiple contusions
at the Naval Ammunition Depot
Dispensary, Earle, N. J., according
to the Associated Press. He told his
wife by telephone last night that he
had suffered a slight head cut, but
had been able to drive a station
wagon loaded with injured on
several trips. Graduated from Cen
tral High School in 1942, he entered
the Navy in November of that year
and was assignee' to the ship a week
ago. He is the son of Deputy Mar
shal and Mrs. Matthew' McCollom.
with whom his wife lives.
Lt. (j. g.) Herman Graven, 29, in
a telephone call to 108 Ninth street
S.E., where his wife is living with
her grandmother, Mrs. Maude
Glotzbach, said he had only minor
bruises and cuts and a strained back.
A former enlisted man, he has been
in the Navy 10 years.
Lt. (j. g.) William M. Bond, 23,
3738 Military road N.W., communi
cations officer, informed his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Bond, last
night that he had escaped injury. A
graduate of Woodrow Wilson High
School and Duke University, he en
tered the Navy in February, 1944,
and had served on the Solar 16
months.
The Solar was scheduled for de
commissioning and ammunition was
being moved from the 306-foot ship
when the triple explosion occurred.
Determination of precisely how
many men are missing is being ham
pered by loss of personnel records,
according to the Associated Press.
Doctors Denied
Office Zoning in
Residence Areas
Approval Would Stir
Demands by Others,
Commission Feels
The District Medical Society to
day had lost its zoning battle to
permit doctors and dentists to
establish offices in residential areas
on a temporary basis for at least
five years.
The Zoning Commission yester
day denied a petition to amend zon
ing regulations with the observa
tion that veteran doctors returning
from the service to private practice
are finding office space at a rate
“five times as great as other people
are finding a place to live.”
Doctors and dentists now may
have offices as a part of their own
homes in residential areas. Pur
pose of the proposed amendment
was to allow them to take over
buildings in residential areas for
office purposes only until the down
town space shortage is relieved.
Figures Presented.
Figures suhmitted by the Medical
Society showed that only 45 of the
doctors returned from military
service have either no office space
or unsatisfactory space. An addi
tional 52 doctors have not yet re
turned. Of 100 dentists who en
tered the service, 85 have returned
and 15 have found suitable offices.
According to a Zoning Commis
sion spokesman, the commission
felt a lifting of the restrictions for
the doctors and dentists would re
sult in a clamor by other profes
sional groups for the same treat
ment.
At hearings early last month
spokesmen for the doctors and the
medical society supported by the
District Health Department, said
doctors and dentists were in many
cases prevented from giving proper
care to their patients as a result of
inadequate office space.
Extend Area for Bakeries.
In another action the commission
approved location of bakeries em
ploying more than five persons in
first commercial areas, provided the
Board of Zoning Adjustment ap
proves each such application. Ware
houses of less than 2,500 square feet
will be also permitted in first com
mercial areas on approval of the
building inspector.
Opposition of the Forest Hills Citi
zens’ Association failed to block the
rezoning from residential to com
mercial of a lot in rear of the Hahn
shoe store at Albemarle street and
Wisconsin avenue N.W. The citi
zens said the change would create
additional traffic problems and be
unsightly. The commission pointed
out the property is surrounded by
commercial property, except the
rear which bounds Rock Creek Park.
Proximity of a Capital Transit
Co. turn-around to three lots on the
southeast corner of Fourteenth and
Kennedy streets N.W. caused the
commission to approve a change of
zoning from residential to commer
cial to permit the lots to be devel
oped by Safeway Stores, owner of
the tract.
Outer Actions Taken.
Action in 14 other proposed
changes was:
tTOlr'■ residential. 90' "D'’ area
£° '“““"vial. PO; -D" area, the res,
Stw!1 Granted1 preml5es 1801 G street
Change from residential. 40' A•’ re
s trie ted area to first commercial, 60’ -C"
l££.*'/~s£uth£.?st eorner of Albemarle street
and Connecticut avenue N.W. Granted in
Change from residential. 40' “A” re
stricted area to residential. 40' “A’’ area
propertr roped "A” restricted within
P'* bounded by Bladensburg road,
ihl f'pnue and the right of way
d1 adelphia. Baltimore and Wash
IP®£on Railroad Co. which lies north of
Ne^York »v«nue N.E. Denied.
from residential, 40' “A" semi
litf.t.r'oted area to first commercial. 40'
1£'R,.*rea Parcels 136/51. 136/56 and
Rnn/h7r>.1£efted on ,he westerly side of
vikct^ avenue south of Delafleld
N.E. Granted in* part.
Change from residential. 40' "A” and
merru1mlflivtr'i<io"d *re*s to second com
KltlSi*’,.2® D *r**\ certain property
located on the east side of Sixth strppr
Granted Decatur *nd Gallatin streets N.E.
Change from residential. 60' “B" area
■r *lrmfiCOmm?Jcla1' 60' ‘'9'-area' Premises
1006 Florida avenue N.E. Granted
Change from residential. 40' "A” area
h.r^,’,d.£ntlai' 4,°' "B ' area. 23 lots on
a?JPrt? *‘?c of B street between Thirty
fourth street and Minnesota avenue S E
and change from residential. 40' “A” area
to nrst commercial. 40' “C" area, certain
properties located on both sides of Minne
part avenuc at D street S.E. Granted in
Rhode Island Avenue Lots.
Change from residential, 60' “A” re
»n1CiLe.d area to residential. 60' ‘C * area
4l0tus A? squares 3937 and 3938 which
aout bothsides of Rhode Island avenue
between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets
N.i!,. Granted.
Change froin residential. 40' ‘ A” area
to residential. 40' “A” restricted area all
property zoned residential. 40' ,,A" area
within the area bounded by Ord street.
Anacostia Park and United States Reser
Bm?. WorStS* *“* by Kenilworth
S^.a5.?.e from first commercial. 60' “c'*
and • D" areas to second commercial. 6n'
?• .are? al! lots ,n squares 119 and 75-r
which abut the south side of H street
between the Washington Terminal Rail
road overpass and Third street N E. De
nied.
Change from residential. 40’ "A” re
stricted area to first commercial. 60' "C •
area certain parcels on the south aide of
1SIn avenue between Georgia avenue
and Twelfth street N.W. Granted in part.
Chance from residential. 40' “A" re
stricted area to first commercial. 40' "C •
-!£a,."^tain p*rts of Parcel 214/96 (square
Ip*!.1,, located on Alabama avenue west of
Thirtieth street S.E Granted in part.
Change from residential. 40’ "A" semi
restricted and "B” restricted areas to first
commercial, 60' “C” area all of the resi
dential part of parcels 169'50 and 169/R4
on the south side of Benning road west of
Thirty-fourth street N.E. Granted
Change from residential. 40' "B ' area
to first commercial. 40' “C" area certain
parts of parcels on the north side of
Good Hope road between Seventeenth and
Eighteenth streets S.E. Granted.
Byrnes Congratulated
President Truman cabled con
gratulations today to Secretary of
State Byrnes on his 67th birthday
rnd 40th wedding anniversary. Mr.
Byrnes is in Paris attending a four
power Foreign Ministers’ Confer
ence. The President's message was
not released.
THE WASHINGTON HEBREW CONGREGATION
THE TEMPLE OF REFORM JUDAISM
Sth and H Streets K.W.
Tomorrow Night ot 8:15—Divine Worship
GUEST PREACHER
RABBI PAUL RICHMAN
"JEWS AND POLITICS"
Public Welcome
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'THE ANGLO-AMERICAN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON
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