Newspaper Page Text
Senate Group Likely
To Report D. C. Budget Of 78 Million or More By Don S. Warren A greatly liberalized District supply bill for the year begin ning July 1 will be reported, probably today, by the O’Mah oney Subcommittee of the Sen ate Appropriations Committee. While calculations of increased amounts agreed on by the subcom mittee had not been completed late yesterday when the O'Mahoney group concluded its "markup” of the bill, it was believed the total would run fairly close to the record breaking $81,505,000 budget proposed last January by the Commissioners. Increases over the House total of $72,585,000 announced from day to day by Chairman O’Mahoney in dicated the total would be at least $78,000,000. and probably more. The House had sliced nearly $9,000,000 from the budget proposals.” Seeks Higher Lump Sums. Though it showed the same re gard for keeping the District out of debt, the Senate subcommittee had found needs for extra services and capital improvements so pressing, because of lean war years and the sensational rise in population here, that it wrote one large increase after another into the bill. Taking note that District officials and civic leaders are working on proposals for possible increases in District taxes, the O'Mahoney sub committee launched a move for an immediate $4,000,000 boost in the $6,000,000 Federal payment toward National Capital costs. This is designed to serve as a stop-gap measure until Congress has had time to act on proposed basic legislation calling for adoption of a formula, based on the extent of Federal tax-exempt land hold ings here, to measure annually the! size of the Federal share of District costs. Increases Water Fund. Among latest increases ordered by the subcommittee headed by Senator O’Mahoney, Democrat, of Wyoming were extra funds for ex pansion of the water supply system, for the penal institutions, the Re ceiving Home for Children, the! schools and the Alcoholic Clinic. Appropriations proposed by the House for the water system were increased by $991,000 to permit an early start on expansion of facilities at the Dalecarlia Reservoir. Projects there include new mixing and sedi mentation basins and the beginning of construction on a 30,000,000 gallon clear water basin having a total authorized cost of $2,217,000. The subcommittee also added $470,000 for expansion of facilities at the District Training School for Feeble Minded at Laurel, Md„ in the belief that to permit admission there of some of the long waiting list of patients would have the effect of reducing the problems of de linquency in the District. $50,000 for Children’s Home. Seeking to break the log jam over construction of the new Receiving Home for Children, the O'Mahoney Subcommittee said it was recom mending an additional appropriation of $50,000. This was because open ing of bids recently showed the lowest offer was $200,000 above the $285,000 fund appropriated last year. Senator ’O’Mahoney, referring to a statement submitted by Engineer j Commissioner Gordon R. Young, said it was thought this increase would permit award of contract for that portion of the home to house delinquent children and others awaiting court action. Also he said it should cover space to be used for the classification center. A later appropriation would be needed for the section of the home to be used for nondelinquent chil dren. The subcommittee added $58,000 for the board and care of child wards of the District in foster homes. The committee said this was needed because of the heavy in crease in the per capita costs of caring for the foster children. The O’Mahoney subcommittee also provided $50,000 for the construction of an eight-room extensible ele mentary school (the Slowe School) at Fifteenth and Hamlin streets N.E. Shop Plea Rejected. The subcommittee rejected re quests by the Commissioners for $730,600 for the construction of a shops-and-garage building for the refuse division. Chairman O’Ma honey said it v;as thought the divi sion could “get .long” without this building for the time being and added that there were so many construction projects that were “ab solutely necessary” it was felt it was not wise to appropriate for im provements that were desirable but not immediately necessary. With some regret, Chairman O’Mahoney also announced his sub committee, by a tie vote, had de feated a proposed appropriation of $25,000 for the National Symphony Orchestra to cover the costs of the concerts for school children. The point was made that such a service has not been specifically authorized by Congress. Senator O'Mahoney said legislative committees may con sider a bill to authorize this outlay. Marble Contest Finals . Listed for Next Friday Finals of the District of Columbia Recreation Department’s annual junior marble contest, which were scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today, will be held at 4 p.m, next Friday in the park across Fifteenth street N.W. from the Commerce Depart ment. Six regional champions and six runners-up will compete. Rain Lifts Forecaster's Score Mother Carey s chickens, those traditional harbingers of nasty weather, have nothing on our weatherman, who has suffered it to rain every day for well nigh a week with an alarming lack of originality. rui uie nun consecuuve aay, therefore, the Government-spon sored fortune teller at the National Airport weather station must be credited with a win in his war with the elements, if the forecaster could call his shots with a golf stick as he can with tomorrow’s weather he wouldn’t do badly to switch profes * I APPLE PRINCESSES RIDE IN PARADE—This float, carrying the princesses foho attended Miss Nancy Anderson, apple festival queen, was one of the main attractions in the parade which brought the festival to a close at Winchester, Va., yesterday. —Star Staff Photo. Chevy Chase Resident Held in Las Vegas Shooting of Friend Police of Las Vegas, Nev., today were holding Joseph A. Wagstaff, 23, of 5506 Grove street, Chevy Chase, Md., who. they said, admitted shoot ing and critically wounding Alfred A. “Pat” Croghan, 26, son of James J. Croghan, 4505 Arkansas avenue N.W., six times after an argument over a gambling debt yesterday. The Associated Press reported from Las Vegas that Croghan was in a critical condition late last night in Clarke County General Hospital. Las Vegas. Chief of Po lice George Thompson of Las Vegas said Wagstaff signed a statement saying: “I was drunk and told Pat he had welched on a gambling debt so I shot him. I have no excuses to offer. We came here to try our luck but it wasn't so lucky for me.” Mr. Thompson said Wagstaff told him he had quarreled with Croghan over a debt of $200, allegedly owed to Wagstaff. The shooting took place in a hotel room. The two young men, both World War II veterans, according to Mr. Thompson, came to Las Vegas by airplane April 19. Wagstaff, said Mr. Thompson, said they had come to “gamble and have a good time.” Mr. Thompson said Wagstaff and Croghan had served in the Coast Guard, seeing service togethfr at Leyte, Luzon, Okinawa and other Pacific points. Wagstaff is booked for investigation. Wagstaff is the son of Mrs. John Irick, of the Grove street address. His stepfather, John Irick, confirmed j the relationship this nmrning. Croghan's father was not available for comment. President Dissolves Petroleum Agency The Petroleum Administration for War will go out of business Wednes day. Explaining that the action was in line with the administration’s policy of closing war agencies as soon as possible after their emer gency work was completed, Presi dent Truman late yesterday ordered the PAW to close, and asked Sec retary of the Interior Krug to take charge of the Government’s petro leum activities with the help of a committee from the industry. The order directed the secretary to utilize “so much of the person-1 nel, records, property and funds of; the administration as may be neces sary." In a letter to Mr. Krug, the Pres ident asked the secretary to keep him informed of “significant de velopments in the petroleum field, “and recommend necessary steps to “safeguard our petroleum future.” Ralph K. Davies, depu£y petro leum administrator during the war, was asked to remain for a time to supervise the job of winding up affairs of PAW and to help in or ganizing the new Federal petroleum setup. 'Celluloid Kid' Gets 2 to 6 Year Jail Term James E. Bishop, 22. who at police headquarters became known as the “celluloid kid" because he allegedly used a celluloid ruler to open apart ment doors, yesterday was sentenced by Justice Alexander Moltzoff of District Court to serve a total of from 2 to 6 years on four charges of housebreaking and larceny. Bishop was indicted on Mach 11. Two other charges against him have been dismissed. Senate Confirms Thurston Walter Thurston was confirmed by the Senate yesterday as Ambas sador to Mexico. He succeeds George S. Messersmith, now Ambassador to Argentina. sions and become a pro at the near est links. t With all the H2-0 that has been fdisted off on a helpless Washington in the last week, at least the fore caster should be good on the water holes. He has seen to it that they stay well filled. With today’s victory, the weather man now holds the healthiest aver age he has boasted since this con test began. He is rated each day by his predictions for the 24-hour period starting at 7 a.m. the day before. The Standings. Won. Lost. Pet. Weatherman ... ... 9 3 .750 The Forecast. From 7 a.m. today to 7 am. Sun day, rain today, tonight and early tomorrow, clearing tomorrow after noon, temperature remaining a little above 50 degrees. Warmer to morrow afternoon. I Court Reverses Directed Verdict Evicting Dog by Reviving Ban Landlords who wish to enforce covenants against dogs must not “wink” at the restriction one mo ment and then expect to stand on it later, unless they have made express provision for withdrawing the waiver, the Municipal Court of Ap peals has ruled. The appellate court reversed a trial court decision in which a jury was directed to return a verdict for Shannon & Luchs Co., realtors, in a suit for possession of an apartment leased by Edward Stewart at 3002 Rodman street N.W. claiming the tenant had violated such a cove nant. Mr. Stewart, through his attorney, Herman Miller, appealed the ruling. An opinion by Associate Judge An drew M. Hood outlined the circum stances indicated by the testimony as follows: Mr. Stewart signed a lease in 1940 which contained an agreement he would not keep "any live animals or bords” without written consent of the landlord. Before he signed the ftase, however, his wife told the landlord’s agent that unless they could keep their dog in the apart ment, she did not want the apart ment. The agent apparently accepted the presence of the dog and made no objection until the spring of 1945. Prior to the bringing of the suit, the tenant was informed he no longer could keep the dog and must get rid of it or move. The appellate court held that while the oral testimony could not be used to vary the terms of the written lease, it was considered admissible on the question of wheth er the landloard had waived the covenant against keeping animals in the apartment, and the evidence, “at the least, required submission to the jury of the question whether the landlord had waived the cove nant." The opinion noted that “no con tention is made that keeping the dog constituted a nuisance. The dog is described, without contradic tion, as small and well behaved and now 11 years of age.” There was no indication that con sent to keep the* dog was given on express condition that if” could be revoked, it was pointed out. The appellate court instructed that a new trial be granted, Mr. Stewart. Callahan Starts Check Of Police Time Spent In Court Attendance iii an euuu 10 ease uie police manpower shortage, a survey is being made of the amount of time uniformed policemen spend on court cases, Maj. Harvey G. Callahan, superintendent of police, said today. Maj. Callahan said he had as signed Inspector John Fowler and Lt.. Earl Hartman of the seventh precinct to the investigation. He said that checking police time spent as witnesses began in 1942. A sergeant began to check the men in and out of court at that time, he said. The sergeant was replaced by a private, Maj. Callahan said, and the private’s lack of authority may have resulted in some of the men taking liberties. Maj. Calla han said he had heard few com plaints but a number of instances of lawyers being unable to find police who had checked in as wit nesses indicated they had taken a walk. That practice was going to stop, he said. ne aiso saia ne naa appointed Mrs. Louise McKenna, the senior employe of the Police and Fire Clinic, as supervisor over her three fellow employes. He found, he said, that they were without supervision except for that of physicians who spend only a few hours in the place: Sligo Society to Open Meridian Park Series The first of a series of open air meetings at Meridian Park will be held at 7:45 o’clock tonight by the Sligo Society of Missionary Men. W. H. Bergherm, recently sepa rated as an Army chaplain, will speak on his experiences in New Guinea, where he served with the 47th General Hospital. Speaker for the next Saturday session will be Evangelist R. Allen Anderson. The meetings will con tinue until September, it was an nounced. Two D. C. Girls Receive Wings From Airline Two Washington girls were among 130 receiving diplomas and stewardess wings from American Airlines at graduation exercises in New York recently, it was an nounced today. They are Miss Dorothy L. Brady, 3238 O street N.W., a former WAC officer, and Miss Martha L. West. 2939 Macomb street N.W., former Government worker. Check Theft Roundup Nets Fifth Member Of Pritchard Family A fifth member of a family rounded up by Secret Service agents and postal inspectors investigating a number of alleged thefts of Treas ury checks from mail boxes was held for the grand jury today. He is Howard Warner Pritchard. 18, son of Howard Oakie Pritchard, 42, one of three persons held for the grand jury yesterday. Howard Warner Pritchard pleaded guilty before United States Commissioner Need ham C. Turnage to charges of forg ing and cashing Government checks. He was held in $1,500 bail. The other two held yesterday on the same charges are Warner Lee Pritchard, 33, and Samuel J. Kinna mont, 43. Arraigned yesterday. Bond was set at $1,500 for How ard Okie Pritchard and Warner Lee Pritchard and at $500 for Kinna mont. Kinnamont allegedly is "only involved in one check in association with another person already held," according to Secret Service Agent Stanley B. Phillips and is not a member of the alleged "gang.” Warner Lee Pritchard and Kin namont pleaded guilty, and Howard Okie Pritchard pleaded not guilty. Both Warner Lee and Howard Okie Pritchard are brothers of John Pritchard, 46, who pleaded guilty and was held under $1,500 bond when arraigned Thursday. Warner Lee Pritchard is the hus band of Mrs. Mabel Pritchard, 28, who also pleaded guilty Thursday and was held in $1,500 bond. Mrs. Pritchard was described by Postal Inspector Joseph A. Verant as "queen” of the ring. Catholic War Veterans To Hear Col. Andrews The fifth annual Catholic War Veterans of Washington Depart mental Convention will be held to morrow morning at the Holy Com forter Church, Fifteenth and East Capitol streets S.E. Col. John N. Andrews of the Vet erans’ Administration, will address the convention, which embraces 10 Catholic veterans' posts in the Dis trict. Ceremonies include a mass, beginning at 8 a.m., a communion breakfast in the Holy Comforter Hall and a parade by members to the church where,they will be wel comed by the Rev. Edwin A. Luckett, pastor. Election of officers also will be held. CHECK THEFT SUSPECTS ARRAIGNED—Pictured at their arraignment yesterday are three men accused of being members of a check-stealing ring. Left to right: Warner Lee Pritchard, 33; Howard Oakie Pritchard, 42, and Samuel J. Kinnamont, 43. —Star Staff Photo. 1 1 i 3-Mile Parade Marks Close of Winchester Annual Apple Festival By Alex R. Preston Star Staff Correspondent WINCHESTER, Va„ May 4—The Apple Capital of Virginia, was re turning to normal today as an es timated 75,000 visitors departed at the close of the 19th annual Shen andoah Apple Blossom Festival which ended in a three-mile parade, longest ever witnessed here. Miss Nancy Anderson, daughter of the Secretary of Agriculture, who was crowned Queen Shenandoah XIX at exercises Thursday in the Handley High School bowl, was in the first division of the march and followed the car of the Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. A. A. Vande grift, in whose honor yesterday’s fes tivities were named and who served as grand marshal. The pageant was held yesterday morning al though the weather was cloudy and cool. Gen. Vandegrift, accompanied by his personal aide, Lt. Col. T. J. Field, earlier attended a luncheon at the home of Dr. and Mrs. S. M. Allen. ✓ 100 Amputees Guests. Both the Allen residence and that of Mr. and Mrs. §,oy Cather formed the setting for a visit of approx imately 100 amputees and other pa tients from the Newton D. Baker Memorial Hospital, Martinsburg, W. Va. On the grounds of the two resi dences they witnessed the parade. Red Cross workers and Gray Ladies of the Red Cross from Martinsburg and Hagerstown, as well as the Winchester chapel, fed them and were in attendance during the afternoon. Spectators and marchers were given a thrill when Comdr. David McSampbell, ace Navy pilot, led a group of more than 40 Navy planes, tfhich flew'in formation over the city during the parade. At one time the formation passed very low over the city and “buzzed” the re viewing stand. Augusta Cadets Win. The Augusta Military Academy won first prize for the best-drilled band and marching units. Second place was taken by the Washington Lee High School boy and girl cadets. The 275 school children were under the direction of Maj. John W. Stan ley. U. S. A. (retired), professor of military science and training. In addition to the Arlington cadets, those from the George Washington High School, Alexan dria, held prominent positions in the parade. The Alexandria group was under Lt. Col. George A. Patrick and it led the fifth and final division of the parade. Other awards of cash prizes and trophies went to the following: Class A bands—Staunton Military Academy; Greenbrier Military Academy. Lewisburg, W. Va.: Mary Washington College Girls' Band of Fredericksburg: Augusta Military Academy, Fort Defiance, and Lane High School, Charlottesville. Class B bands—Warren County High School. Front Royal: Dallas town Boys’ Band, Dallastown. Pa.; Morgan County High School Band, Berkeley Springs, W. Va., and Elkins Junior High School Band, Wilkins, W. Va. Floats, artistic—Lions Club of Winchester, Kiwanis Club of Win chester; Elks Club of Winchester and honorable mention to American Legion of Winchester. Floats, artistic. commercial— Plurtily Lumber Co., Winchester; Robinson Cold Storage Co., Win chester; Elmer OmdofT Trucking Co., Winchester, and honorable mention to Virginia Apple Storage, Winchester. Drum and Bugle Corps, American Legion—Harold H. Blair Post of Hanover, Pa.; Federal Post of Balti more; Francis Scott Key Post of Frederick, Md., and Kelly-Mansfield Post, Piedmont. W. Va. Drum Major Honored. Other drum and bugle corps— Dundalk Sunday School. Capt. Pop Whorton of Staunton Military Academy, was selected as the best drum major and Miss Frances Schneider of Middleboro High School, Middleboro. Ky., was chosen the best drum majorette. Tom Aldridge, director of the festival, was host to press and radio representatives at the Winchester Golf Club yesterday afternoon and an old-fashioned square dance was held on the City Hall pavilion last night before the queen’s ball in the Winchester Armory. winners in a torcnngnt parade sponsored by Winchester firemen on Thursday night, in which many visiting firemen participated, were announced as follows: Largest and best appearing fire company in line of parade—New Market Fire Company, first: West ern Enterprise Fire Company, Hagerstown, Md.. second, and Har risonburg Fire Department, No. 1, third. Band in line of parade—Massanut ten Military Academy, first; Green brier Military Academy, Lewisburg, W. Va., second, and Harrisonburg High School Band, third. Drum and bugle corps—Moose Drum and Bugle Corps, Hagers town, Md., first. Mummer’s division—Dorothy Pope, Winchester, as witch, first: Jean Garvis, Winchester, as Paul Bunyan, second, and Billy Bixby, Winchester, as policeman, third. Decorated bicycle—Freddie Glaize, Winchester, first: Lyle Wilkins, Winchester, second. Old car division—Amelia Jones, Martinsburg, W. Va., 1903 model Elmore phaeton, first; Paul Stetler, Winchester, second, and Ray Bar rett, Winchester, third. FLYING TROUT ARRIVE—Twelve wingless Quebec red trout landed yesterday at National Airport after a flight from the Laurentian Mountain section in Canada. The fish are being examined by Milton C. James (left), assistant chief of Fish and Wildlife Service; Dr. Lucien Piche of the Quebec Fish and Game Bureau and Benoit Bochand of the Canadian Embassy. The specimens will go on display in the Department of Commerce aquarium. —Star Staff Photo. Three Speakers Listed For Meeting Tonight On Day-Care Centers How other States are including day care centers for the children of working mothers in their elementary school programs will be described at a mass meeting tonight by Dr. Mary Dabney Davis, senior specialist of the Office of Education and member of the*International Association on Nursing Education. Child Day Care, Inc., of the Dis trict is sponsoring the meeting at 8 o’clock in Pierce Hall. Miss Gladys Cook, chairman of the Board of Di rectors, said the District’s working mothers would continue their cam paign to establsih the centers on a permanent basis under the Board of Education in spite of the board's op position. ' Answering the board's contention that it would be undemocratic for the public schools to operate a pro gram where they must accept fees, Miss Cook declared it would be more undemocratic to oppose public opinion since a poll has show’n that 76 per cent of the Rublic favor plac ing the centers under the Board of Education. As to the argument that the centers properly are a welfare func tion, the mothers said that placing them under the Board of Public Welfare would lead only to dual administration since they will have to be conducted in the schools. When the mothers first sought legislation to continue the centers after July 1, the Board of Education said it would accept them, they pointed out. The mothers' organi zation. therefore, intends to go ahead with plans to have Repre sentative Healy, Democrat, of Cali fornia introduce a bill making the centers a permanent part of the education program. Other speakers tonight will be Miss Cook and Miss Lucile Lewis, administrator of the interim pro gram in the District. Benton Pleads Radio Fund Case to Newsmen Assistant Secretary of State Wil liam Benton yesterday took to the National Press Club membership his case for presenting the American viewpoint to foreign countries through short-wave broadcasting and other media. At a luncheon meeting he recalled that the department's recommenda tion of $19,000,000 for this program was cut by the House Appropria tions Committee to $10,000,000. Unless the Senate restores funds, there will be no choice but to kill short-wave broadcasting, he said, and restrict efforts to 15 or 20 coun tries, cutting off altogether a "val uable service” to American diplo matic officers all over the world. He denied that the department Is engaged in a “propaganda race or war” with foreign lands. Mr. Benton, former advertising man, who said he has been eight months in the State Department and was making his seventh speech, was applauded by the newspaper men and their guests when he said that he hoped there would be more talking on the record in the de partment. Mr. Benton said that the $19,000, 000 requested for the information program equaled what a large soap manufacturer spent on domestic radio advertising. Great Britain and Russia, he said, each spends far more than does the United States on informational programs. He said 58 countries are sending broadcasts into the United States Jury Commends Judge Scott in Gift Testimonial Municipal Court jurors impaneled for April ended their service in the court of Judge Armond W. Scott yesterday by presenting the judge with a farewell gift of cigars and cigarettes and a tribute to his “many virtues” as a jurist. The 45 jurors signed a testimonial, read to Judge Scott, in which they praised his courtesy, keen memory, patience and understanding on the bench, and “above all, your honor’s tolerant and abiding temper of mercy with justice.” Describing themselvdfe as a "cross section of the American people,” representing “nearly all trades and professions from housewife to scien tist,’ ’the jurors asserted their ex periences have left “a tender mem ory of a patriotic service” to the court. Acknowledging the tribute, Judge Scott declared its expression repre sented “a fine contribution to democ racy—not for myself, but for an agent of this great Government of ours.” Matthew Galumbeck, 5301 Georgia avenue N.W., and E. R. Thomas, 5015 Cathedral avenue N.W., made the presentations. i Driver Denies Charge Of Selling Meat at Over-Ceiling Prices Charles Gotkin, truck driver.' pleaded not guilty today in Munici-i Dal Court to a charge of selling meat* at over-ceiling prices while agents! of the Office of Price Administration followed up the case in an effort to uncover black market meat opera tions in the District. Judge John P. McMahon granted a request for a jury trial and set the case for hearing June 3. A charge that Gotkin brought uninspected meat into the District will have to be presented by the Agriculture De partment to a grand jury, according to Detective Sergt. E. L. Dalstron. If indicted. Gotkin will be re arrested on that charge,.Sergt. Dal stron said. Gotkin's attorney. Bernard Mar-; golius, asked for five days in which to withdraw the plea if he decides to move to suppress the evidence. Market Investigated. OPA officials said they were in vestigating a Chillum Heights mar ket and had turned over to police a statement from its meat buyer that Gotkin sold him beef at 32 cents a pound for utility and 36 cents for choice grades. Ceiling prices are 18.3 and 23.3 cents. The head of the market's meat department, told re porters: “It's a closed incident. I have no information to give.” Gotkin. Navy veteran, of 1354 Queen street N.E.. was arrested early yesterday and released on $500 bond after police said they found a half-side of beef that bore no Government stamp and a check for $440 from the Chillum Heights market in his truck. Charges were brought amid re ports that meat supplies in the Dis trict have dwindled to a new’ low. Raymond Briggs, chairman of the Wholesale Pood Committee of the Merchants and Manufacturers’ As sociation, said the situation is worse now than it W’as at any time during the war. Packers Not Slaughtering. Packers are not slaughtering and do not hold out much hope that new Federal allotment rules will improve conditions, he said. The packers say they can't make a profit at pres ent ceiling prices and that the meat is going into the black market. The CIO United Packinghouse Workers have charged they could make a profit but are holding out for higher prices. Detective Sergts. Eugene Lambert and Dalstrom. who arrested Got kin, said he told them only that the meat came from Maryland. They reported seeing him slip the check under a seat cushion on the way to the police precinct from First and H streets N.E. where they stopped the truck for a routine infection. A shortage of investigators and. more important, lack of co-operation from retailers and consumers has made it difficult to track down black marketeers, according . to OPA officials. Funeral Services Held For Michael E. Broderick Requiem mass for Michael Emmett Broderick, 41. Washington insurance man, was said yesterday at St. Gabriel’s Church. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Brod erick died Wednesday at his home, 4935 New Hampshire avenue N.W. A native of Washington, he was a graduate of the Columbus University School of Law and the American Institute of Banking. He entered the insurance business here and in 1940 was employed by the War De partment. In 1942 he was a legal adviser to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. in Europe and returned to Wash ington in 1944. Since then he had been with the Fidelity & Casualty Co. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Broderick, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Blackmon. Special Church Program Memorial Methodist Church, Hy attsville, will celebrate “National Home and Family Week” begining tomorrow. Special activities will be held tomorrow, Tuesday and Wed nesday in addition to regular Sun day services. The Rev. Harry Evaul is pastor. New Books Reviewed in Tomorrow’s Sunday Star (C-Section) “THIS HOUSE AGAINST THIS HOUSE," by Vincent Sheean. (Random House.) “THE CRIME OF IMPRISONMENT," by George Bernard Shaw. (Philosophical Library.) “THE TIME OF OUR LIVES,” by Martine Rouchaud. (Pantheon.) “LIFE AND DEATH OF THE WICKED LADY SKELTON," by Magdalen Kiqg-Hall. (Farrar & Rinehart.) “VOODOO IN NEW ORLEANS," by Robert Tallant. (Macmillan.) “RIVAL PARTNERS," by Keith Hutchinson. (Macmillan.) Also on the Sunday Book Page, an article describing the plan and purpose of Religious Book Week by Mary-Carter Roberta. Wide Public Support For Improving D. C. Hospitals Reported The public has reacted strongly in favor of new hospital construction for Washington, as a result of the recent Metropolitan Health and Hospital Survey, according to Mrs. Reginald Huidekoper, chairman of the Committee on the Hospital Center. Since the survey was disclosed Tuesday as a sharp criticism of hos pital conditions here, Mrs. Huide koper said she had received a great many teelphone calls from persons who want to help improve the situ ation. She said public support for the Tydings bill for a new hospital center here has come not only from all parts of the metropolitan area but from several states. People else where have been writing to her, she said, to ask how they can cooperate. Committee to Continue Work. The Committee on the Hospital Center, a volunteer group of officials and friends of hospitals here, will continue its work vigorously as a direct follow up of the survey re port, Mrs. Huidekoper said. “Now is the time to act.” she said, “if we ever expect to get a new hos pital center for Washington and im provement^ for other institutions.” Proposed amendments which may be offered to the Tydings bill prob ably will open the door for other hospitals in the city to expand or renovate their facilities. Only the hospitals are named in the Tydings bill, which has passed the Senate. They are Emergency, Garfield and Episcopal hospitals, all committed to participate in the new Hospital Center. FWA Report Expected. The bill is now before the House District Committee. A report from the Federal Works Agency on the bill is expected by the House Com mittee probably over the wreek end. This report is said to be the re sult of investigation of the needs of hospitals here, and follows the recent health and hospital survey report. Hospital conditions in the District will be debated on Station WTOPs program, “District Meeting,’’ from 10:30 to 11 p.m. tomorrow. Dean Elmer Louis Kayser of George Washington University will act as chairman. Several persons will participate and the entire program will be “spontaneous,” WTOP an nounced. Johns Hopkins Given Navy Ordnance Honor The naval ordnance development award was presented to the Johns Hopkins University applied science laboratory at Silver Spring by Vice Admiral George F. Hussey, jr., chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, in exer cises yesterday at the Silver Theater, Silver Spring. Dr. Isaiah Bowman, president of the university, accepted the award, which was in tribute to the labora tofy's development of the radio proximity fuses for shells, the gun directors Mark 57 and Mark 61, the torpedo exploder Mark 9 and its program on guided missiles. Guests at the exercises included representatives of the Army and Navy, British services and associated contractors, Dr. Vannevar Bush and Irvin Stewart of the Office of Scien tific Research and Development, officials of the Carnegie Institution and Montgomery County officials. Wrist watches were presented to Dr. M. A. 'Tuve, former director of the laboratory, and D. Luke Hopkins, a trustee at Johns Hopkins Uni versity. Token awards also were presented to R. H. Thayer, for his work on the fuses; Paul J. Larsen, gun director; Dr. Freeman K. Hill, torpedo exploder, and Dr. R. B. Roberts, guided missiles. Dr. L. R. Hafstad, director of the laboratory, who presided, said in dividual awards were also being dis tributed to 120 employes. 4 Central Business Group Asks Liquor Limit Repeal The Central Business Association passed a resolution requesting the Commissioners to repeal the lim itation of retail liquor licenses in the District at a meeting last night in the Burlington Hotel. The reso lution said the “industry is con trolled by a few large operators,” thus creating a monopoly. It was announced that Jack Car ry, 14. of 2716 Terrace road S.E., a student at Kramer Junior High School, and Roland Lambert. 16, of 1618 A street N.E.. a student at East ern High School, will represent the Optimist Club in the regional ora torical contest at Virginia Beach. Shirwood Taylor. 12, of 1222 Neale street N.E.. a student at Stuart Junior High School, and Kenny Newman. 15. of 1133 Thirty-fourth street N.W., a student at Gordon Junior High School, were named alternates. The association unanimously voted to pay the expenses of the two al ternates for the trip to Virginia Beach. Mario Gregorio, assistant director of the Boys’ Club of Washington, described its work to build useful citizens. Frank A. Patterson, asso ciation president, presided. Vinci's Arraignment In Murder Case Delayed Formal arraignment of Joseph Vinci. 32, of New York, on charges of first-degree murder in the trailer slayings in February. 1945, of Ed ward Barker and Pany Casbarian, which was scheduled for yesterday, was postponed by Chief Justice Bolitha J. Laws until Wednesday. Vinci, who is scheduled to go on trial May 22, was indicted jointly with Raymond F. Connors, 32, of Yonkers, N. Y. Connors was ac quitted by a District Court jury in February, after a trial in which Vinci was the principal Government witness.