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WASHINGTON, D. C., MAY Washington and Vicinity 19, 3946. A—15 Prompt Approval Of Housing Bill Asked by Wyatt Action Called Key To Better Homes In Next 2 Years By Robert J. Lewis Housing Administrator Wilson W. Wyatt yesterday declared before the' Town Meeting on Housing, spon sored by 53 local veterans' organiza tions at the Mayflower Hotel, that prompt congressional approval of the Wagner-Ellender-Taft general housing bill . would mean “better houses and apartments for less *noney during the next two years.” Referring to the controversial measure which was passed by the Senate and now awaits House action. Mr. Wyatt said in an ad dress broadcast nationally: “All of its provisions are aimed toward in creasing the volume of housing and lowering the cost.” Passage of the Patman bill last! week in which Congress authorized ; S400.000.000 in subsidy payments to encotirage production of building i materials, Mr. Wyatt termed the “best new’s since the program's in ception early in February.” Construction Begins. Another ‘ good sign,” he added, tras the beginning of construction, during the first four months of this year, on 315.000 dwellings, including temporary units, trailers and con versions. He explained this was "a little more than one-fourth of our 1946 goal.” Yesterday's session was called by the Combined Veterans Committee on Housing to obtain an up-to-date report from Government, building; industry and labor representatives on the prospects for homes. Mr. Wyatt’s address was the high light of a luncheon starting at noon. Preceding him on the program were Watson B. Miller, Federal Security j Administrator; Brig. Gen. Gordon! R. Young, engineer commissioner for the District; Leo Maguire, represent-1 ing veterans; Boris Shishkin, Amer-I ican Federation of Labor economist; ; Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III, chairman of the National Park and Planning Commission, and Miss Anna Beren son, CIO national housing represen tative. John Carson presided. Two Discussions Held. After the luncheon, two panel dis-, cussions were held on “Building and I Purchasing of Homes” and “Lowj Cost Rentals and Temporary Hous- ■ ing.” Engineer Commissioner Young, summarizing accomplishments of the District Veterans Emergency Hous ing Committee, said a tentative two year goal of 45.000 dwelling units for j the District had been set, but that this figure might be scaled down. He traced the committee's effort^ to encourage home sharing and t> i release of Federal apartment spa*, and said the District was hoping to get a $250,000 appropriation soon with which to pay its share of the cost of 930 temporary dwelling units provided by the Federal public Housing Authority. Referring to the drive to obtain release of Federal space, he said: “We will continue our efforts along this line, but it is slow work.” Problems Cited. One of the most serious problems in connection with veterans’ housing at the moment, he said, is to find a means of continuing the District Housing Center at 1400 Pennsyl vania avenue. This center serves as a clearing house for vacant rental space in the District area. The Fed eral Government has indicated it would withdraw financial support June 30. Miss Berenson said she consid ered the Wyatt proposals “only a minimum program" and that there is great pressure for stronger mea sures, such as requisitioning of un used homes. Earlier, Mr. Miller declared ‘‘the gadgets and streamlining of the dream house can wait” and pointed out that the "health stake in the housing problem is paramount.” He said veterans are reaping ‘‘the fruits not only of wartime short ages of homes, but of failure to build an adequate number of homes be fore the war.” Mr. Shishkin, pointing out that measures taken in Washington alone would not solve the housing prob lem, explained: ‘‘This is a problem that must be solved in terms of Americans everywhere." Emergency Stressed. Asserting that the District's hous ing problem is “the most serious emergency that we are facing at this time,” Gen. Grant said that one contributing factor was the number of evictions due to sale of homes and failure of owners to meet sanitary requirements. Panel discussions mainly dealt1 with the familiar problem of ma terials bottlenecks. Labor and in dustry were alternately blamed by speakers for low production, and; the OPA came in for a share of the criticism owing to what building industry representatives called its “unrealistic" pricing policies. Helen Duey Hoffman of the Wash ington Housing Association, a panel speaker, caused a stir when she crit icized the policy of some landlords in refusing to rent to families with children. “We need more rental housing and less birth-control,” she said. Speakers Listed. Panel moderators were John Ed wards and Gordon Shaw. Speakers were Col. Lawrence Westbrook, a veteran: Vincent Holmes. District OPA director; Charles T. Penn, president of the Washington Build ing Congress; John C. Houston of the Civilian Production Adminis tration; Maurice Davis, area hous ing expediter for the National Housing Agency; Clem P. Preller, president of the Washington Build ing and Construction Trades Coun cil; W. C. McClelland of the Vet erans Administration. John Ihlrier, executive officer of the National Capital Housing Au thority; Henry Pryor, a veteran;; James Crooks, general counsel to the District Rent Control Admin-! Istrator; £dward R. Carr, president of the nine Builders Association! of Metropolitan Washington; Gen. I Grant and Mrs. Hoffman. 1 k i THE TRAINS FINALLY RAN—These passengers guessed right. Crowded in front of the gates at Union Station, they were just hoping they would be able to catch their trains when this picture was made a few minutes before the railroad strike sched uled for 4 p.m. yesterday was postponed. These railroaders guessed wrong. They are part of the shift leaving at 4 p.m. to go off duty, some of them walking away from trains which stood idle for hours. Pennsylvania Railroad Fireman F. M. Slattery of Phila delphia gives prompt notice of the strike postponement to Engineer B. S. Gregg of Wilmington, Del., upon the latter’s arrival at 4:05 p.m. from New York, It was nearly four hours later when Martin H. Miller (arrow), national legislative repre sentative of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, still was telling these union men in Eagle Hall, Henry and Cameron Streets, Alexandria, Va., to go back to work. These sightseers in the Capital from Lansdale. Pa., waved happily when they heard the news of the strike postponement as they gathered inUnion Station about 4 p.m. Some trains wrere de layed for hours, however. Three Candidates Seek Place on Arlington School Board Leon W. Brown, former Arlington School Board clerk, has announced his candidacy for appointment to the School Board, it was reported yesterday by Earle G. Beale, secre tary of the School Trustee Electoral Board. Mr. Brown, who also served over 10 years as school department financial administrator, resigned last October to enter business. A resident of the county for 12 years he also taught for a short time at Washington-Lee High School before entering the administrative offices. He is now employed by the Virginia Paving Co. He is a graduate of Maryville! College. Maryville, Tenn., and re-! ceived his master’s degree in edu-j rational administration from George Washington University. Two Others Candidates. Only two other candidates have been mentioned for the vacancy which will occur June 30 when the ; term of B. M. Smith expires. Mr. Smith has announced he will not be a candidate for reappointment. Mrs. Elmer Carson and the Rev. Paul R. Hunter are being supported by the Country Club Grove Citizen's Association and the Citizen's Com mittee for School Improvment, respectively. Mrs. Carson, a native of Macon, Qa., has been a county resident since October, 1943. She received her A.B. and M.A. degrees at Colum bia University and formerly was principal at the Bryant Elemen tary School, Teanock, N. J. She is a member of the James Madison Parent-Teacher Associa tion, the Country Club Grove Citizen's Association and is active at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Electoral Board to Meet. The Rev. Mr. Hunter, a resident pf Arlington for 14 years, is pastor of the Rock Springs Congregational Church. A graduate of Hope Col lege. Holland. Mich., he received his divinity degree at Rutgers Univer sity in 1931 and has studied at Union Theological Seminary. He served as a substitute teacher in Arlington Junior and Senior High Schools and organized a co-opera tive nursery school and kindergar ten in his church three years ago. At an informal meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow in Room 109. Washing ton-Lee High School, the School Trustee Electoral Board will inter view candidates, according to E. L. Kirkpatrick, chairman. The board will meet at 8 p.m. May 27 in the courthouse for a pub lic hearing before electing the school board member for a four year term. Arlington Forest Church Plans Special Services The Arlington Forest Methodist Church at Lee boulevard and Hen derson road will hold a- series of special services, beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow. The Rev. J. Joseph Rives, D. D., will be the guest speaker! The Rev. Harry G. Balthis. pastor, announced that Dr. J. Callaway Robertson, district superintendent, will preach tonight and Sunday morning, May 26. I i Here are some trains held up by the delay in convincing railroaders that the 4 p.m. strike deadline was off—an Atlantic Coast Line Diesel; a Chesapeake and Ohio steam engine; a Southern Railway locomotive, and a Baltimore and Ohio Diesel. The Atlantic Coast Line train was due to pull out at 4:35 p.m. and the Southern at 5:30, but all the engines, with their crew's in the cabs, were sitting in the yards at 6 p.m. when the photog rapher left. (Story on Page A-1.) —Star Staff and AP Photos. Fort Belvoir Units To Be Cut Sharply Fort Belvoir, one of the country's largest Army training centers, will shrink to relatively ghost-like pro portions as far as its training units go as a result of the amended Se lective Service Act, it was announced yesterday. Three-fourths of the training com panies there will be eliminated, af fecting 22,000 soldiers now in train ing. During the spring of 1944 a peak of 25,000 men under instruc tion was reached. Gas Station Holdup-Slayer In Roanoke Dies Tomorrow By the Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., May 18.— Thomas Edward Harrison, 20-year old convicted slayer of a Roanoke filling station operator, is scheduled to aie in the electric chair at the State penitentiary here Monday. Harrison was convicted in Roa noke County Circuit Court and sen tenced to death in the robbery-slay ing of Roby M. Daugherty, last Jan uary 19. His convicted accomplice, James Edward Dillon, was sentenced to 99 years in prison. An 11th hour effort of Harrison’s parents to have his sentence com muted was denied by the State Board of Pardons and Reprieves. The basis of the plea, board mem bers disclosed, was that Harrison was retarded mentally and that his sentence should be no more severe than that of Dillon. Men to Meet Thursday To Form Garden Club A Men's Garden Club will be or ganized under the sponsorship of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Educa tional Foundation at a meeting in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Thursday night. Object of the club will be to en courage gardening and horticulture by lectures, garden tours, exchange of ideas and round table discussions. Jh Bethesda Library Plans Expected Soon An architect's drawing of the proposed war memorial library in Bethesda is now being made and will be submitted within the next two weeks for approval of the com mittee in charge of the project, it was announced yesterday. The committee represents 83 or ganizations in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area and is headed by the Rev. J. Raymond Nelson, pastor of the Bethesda Baptist Church. Phil Schaefer is secretary. xittuiumg iu mi. ocnaeier, me plans have been tentatively deter mined after consulting with libra rians as to the prerequisites of a “nearly perfect library.” Present plans call for location of the library, a memorial to those of the community who died in the last war. near the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Country Dance Planned The Young Peoples’ Fellowship of Pinkney Memorial Episcopal Church, Hyattsville, will hold a country dance Friday in the parish hall. Prince Georges Plans Free Chest X-Rays The Prince Georges County Health Department will offer free X-ray clinics in its tuberculosis campaign for four days this week, starting to morrow. The clinics will be conducted from 1 to 5 p.m. in the County Service Building. Hyattsville, County Health Officer Dr. John M. Byers an nounced. Appointments may be made by calling Hyattsville 0163. More than 3,000 persons already have taken advantage of the free service Dr. Byers said. Meanwhile, the schedule of pre school clinics for next week is as follows: Tomorrow, Capitol Heights. 10 a.m. to noon, and Seat Pleasant, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Wednesday. Riverdale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Beltsville, 10 a.m. to noon, and Fridav, J. Enos Ray School, Takoma Park, 10 a.m. to noon, and Ager Road School, 1:30 to 3 p.m. All clinics will be In the elementary school buildings. It Just Rains Victory In a last minute effort to keep his popularity from descending even lower than zero, the weatherman called for sunny weather today just in time to prevent Washingtonians, Ho Wjld. who have been doused daily by his correctly predicted rains, from turn ing into a city of web-footed crea tures. Oh, yes, we know. He scored an other win yesterday with a torren tial instead of an occasional shower. And with only three days of this 30-day series with the elements left, he appears certain to finish with at least an 80 per cent average. He will be rated on his prediction from 10 pjn. last night until 7 a.m. tomorrow instead of the usual 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. period because of Saturday night deadlines. The Standings. Won Lost Pet. Weatherman .. 22 5 .815 The Forecast. From 10 p.m. last night until 7 a.m. tomorrow—Fair and less humid weather today with the temperature rising to the 70s. Trade Board Approves Silver Spring Zoning The Silver Spring Board of Trade has approved the proposed master zoning plan for the business dis trict of Silver Spring. William Wright, president of the board, an nounced yesterday. At the same time the business body announced that it is support ing establishment of an athletic field and stadium to be completed by next fall at the Montgomery Blair High School. Officers Are installed By Fairlington PIA New officers were installed at the May meeting of the Fairlington Par ent-Teacher Association with Mrs. Bussey of the Northern Virginia District of Parent-Teacher Asso ciations. presiding. D. L. Springer succeeds Mrs. Ru fus Jasper as president. Other of ficers installed were Mrs. Robert Lancefield, first vice president; Miss Grace Hall, second vice president; Mrs. L. D. McIntyre, secretary; Mrs. R. L. Green, corresponding secre tary; John Woodworth, treasurer; Byron McCandless, parliamentarian, and Mrs. Robert B. Workman, his torian. The association voted $50 to the Emergency Famine Relief Com mittee and $100 to help establish a circulating film library in Ar lington. W. H. Saalfield Heads Section 8 Citizens W. H. Saalfield has been named president of the Citizens’ Associa tion of Section 8, Chevy Chase. Other officers include E. C. Crafts, vice president; Mrs. W. B. Emery, secretary; Charles A. Avant, treas urer; Mr. Saalfield and H. H. Snell ing, delegates to the Montgomery County Civic Federation, with A. S. Best, J. A. Overholt and J. Q. Reber as alternates; George P. Schultze, delegate to the Fire Board, and Mr. Saalfield. delegate to the Bethesda Library Board. . Bland Assails CAB Ban On Ship Line Planes in VirginiaTradeAddress By the Associoted Press NORFOLK. Va.. May 18. — The Civil Aeronautics Board was taken to task today by Representative Bland. Democrat, of Virginia, for what he said was its “tortuous and arbitrary construction of the law" in denying American flag shipping lines the right to use airplanes. Mr. Bland, who is chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, was speaking before the convention of the Vir ginia State Junior Chamber of Com merce. Declaring that eight shipping lines had applied to the CAB for certifi cation to “use airplanes in sceduled service with their ships over the same sea routes that they have de veloped for many years. Mr. Bland asserted, "the Civil Aeronautics Board is stopping them.'1 The convention banquet was held tonight with Royal J. Adams, jr., president of the Norfolk Junior Chamber of Commerce, acting as master of ceremonies.. The ban quet speaker was Commodore W. B. Clarke, commanding officer of the Naval Training Center here. Gustave Snyder, jr., of Norfolk was elected president of the State organization. Other officers elected were: Joe H. Saunders. Alexandria, vice president: John Shiltz, Mar tinsville, vice president: James Gat ling. Suffolk, vice president: Rob ert Hurt, Roanoke, vice president; Robert A. Wilson, Richmond, vice president; Elliott Thompson. Alex andria. treasurer, Bud Feldman, Danville, national director. Tomorrow the convention will close after the installation of new officers. King Meehan, retiring president of the State chamber will be in charge and Judge Floyd E. Kellam, Princess Anne County, will conduct the installation. Silver Spring Civitans Elect Rev. W. W. Gale The Rev. Walter W. Gale, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. Silver Spring, has been elected president of the Silver Spring Civitan Club. Mr. Gale is prominent in civic affairs and organized the Junior WAVES, a group of 80 girls who aided wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. He also organized the Silver Spring Ministerial As sociation and was its first president. The club’s main project for 1946 is the purchase of an ambulance to be turned over to the commu nity’s fire department for the use of local residents in emergencies. Patrick Henry PTA Slates Final Meeting The Patrick Henry School Par ent-Teacher Association will hold its final meeting of the school year at 8 p.m. Tuesday at 700 South Fillmore street, Arlington. Mrs. Mildred S. Percey, director of guidance for the district, will speak. Officers will be installed as follows: Boris S. Yane, president; Mrs. Elizabeth McNeil, vice presi dent; Mrs. Ruth Brafford, secre tary, and George W. Peterson, treasurer. t Hoey Plans Bill Continuing Rent Controls in D. C. Committee to Hold 6 Sessions This Week On District Affairs By Don S. Warren A bill to continue the District's present home rent controls through the next year will be introduced in the Senate. Senator Hoey, Democrat, of North Carolina, announced last night. Senator Hoey. acting chairman of the Senate District Committee, said he would introduce the bill and might have it called up at Tuesday's session of the committee to de termine if a hearing is needed. Present controls run only to Decem ber 31. The Senate District Committee hearing is one of half a dozen ses sions slated for this week on Dis trict affairs, including budget, slum and suffrage questions. Welfare Board Heaving. Scheduled for tomorrow, in ad dition to a 10 am. hearing of a House District subcommittee to dis cuss Welfare Board reorganization, is a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. Chairman McCarran of the Ju diciary Committee plans to seek approval of his bill to create a Federal City Charter Commission to draft a “self rule’’ plan for the District, including a city council, one-third of whose members would be appointed by the President and the remainder elected. Also awaiting action by the Sen ate Judiciary Committee is the Hatch-O’Mahoney version of the proposed amendment to the Con stitution to empower Congress to grant the District a vote in Pres idential elections and representa tion in the House but not in the Senate. Not on Schedule. This has not been scheduled by Chairman McCarran for -considera tion tomorrow, but a move to take , it up may be made by Senator Hatch. Democrat, of New Mexico. House District Committee officials have scheduled three other hearings for this week: Tuesday at 10 a.m., on the bill to prevent erection of television towers in residential areas: Wednesday at 10 a m., a bill to reorganize the board of directors of Southeastern University, with special reference to its Law School: ad Friday at 10:30 am., on bills ■ dealing with proposed limitation of taxicab licenses. Action is expected at Tuesday's session of the Senate District Com mittee on two bills recently pased by the House, proposing permanent establishment of child day care cen tes and to permit the liquidation ol the Washington Railway & Electric Co. | In addition. Senator Hoey will ask j if the group is ready to act on a I number of other bills, including the : long-delayed bill to strengthen the District's control over communicable | disease patients who refuse treat ment or isolation. Supply Bill Action Possible. Though a session of the Senate Appropriations Committee has not | yet been scheduled, action may be taken some time this week on the Districts’ 1947 supply bill. As re ported recently by the O'Mahoney Subcommittee this calls for an out lay of $79,600,000 in the year begin ning July 1. It also proposes a $4. 000.000 boost in the $6,000,000 lump sum payment, pending new basic law on the issue. Just when the $20,000,000 slum re. development bill would be ready for House action remained uncertain. It has been favorably reported by the McGehee subcommittee, with | a major change in the section deal ing with public low-rent housing. Chairman McMillan tentatively has planned a meeting this week of the full District Committee to send the bill to the House. This plan may be altered, due to the absence of Mr. McGehee. On this measure Senator McCar Iran. a principal author of the bill, | promised yesterday to seek appoint ment of a House-Senate conference committee as soon as the House passes the bill, assuming the Sen ate measure will be revised there. He said he still believed a satisfac tory bill will be passed before the j end of this session. Daylight Time Hits Snag. Plans for establishing daylight tsaving for Washington have struck ; a new snag. The McMillan bill was referred yesterday to the McGehee ! subcommittee with a suggestion that a public hearing be held because numerous complaints had been re ceived. Wednesday has been set as the deadline for submission to the Healy Subcommittee of the House District Committee of written argu ments on the proposed rent control on commercial properties here. Thereafter, the subcommittee will schedule an executive session to de cide whether to recommend legisla tion. Carnival Prizes In Cash Banned By Montgomery Joseph B. Simpson, jr.. Mont | gomery County State's attorney, I warned yesterday that no money I or anything redeemable in money | may be awarded as a prize in carni. ; val games in the county, j Mr. Simpson issued his warning | in explaining the county law af j fecting carnivals and the legality j of certain games. Under the law, according to Mr. Simpson, any group of citizens or any company or corporation is per mitted to hold a carnival provided the proceeds are not used for the private profit of any member of the sponsoring group. It is lawful, he explained, to con duct games of skill and to dispose of merchandise and “other things of value” at carnivals but not to reward winners by “prizes in money or tokens redeemable in money" Mr. Simpson also pointed out that permits for carnivals or any other benefit affairs must be obtained from the county Commissioners. Violators are subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or one year in jail or both.