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WASHJNGTON AND VICINITY TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 1916. --i-—__________* Voting Is Heavy In Alexandria City Election Fairfax Balloting For Councilmen Reported Light Voting was heavy in Alexandria today as citizens went to the polls to elect nine members of the City Council, a mayor, a tax collector and city attorney. In Fairfax County, where the towns of Fairfax, Falls Church and Vienna also are holding elections, the voting was reported light. In Fairfax the slate, including mayor and councilmen, is unopposed, but in Falls Church there is a contest for the office of mayor and council men in the First Ward. Mayor William T. Wilkins is seek ing re-election in Alexandria after nine years on the Council as a mem ber at large for three years and as Mayor for six years. Wilkins Denounces Opponents. In the race for three at-large seats, the candidates receiving the largest number of votes becomes Mayor. Mr. Wilkins is competing with City Councilman John W. Tullock, Truman R. Carneale and two write-in candidates. Last night Mr. Wilkins in a broad cast of Station WPIK, denounced the tactics of an opposition group which distributed unsigned circulars attacking him. The mimeographed handbills posted on telephone poles late Sat urday night accused Mayor Wilkins of hostility toward the school sys tem, partiality in rezoning matters, opposition to raises in salaries of policemen and firemen and favor itism to his friends in official func tions, all of which were flatly denied by the Mayor and his sup porters. Defends City Manager. Referring to the statement at the bottom of the circulars that they were distributed by a number of honorably discharged veterans “who do not want any more of Mr. Wil kins as Mayor or Mr. Budwesky as city manager,” Mr. Wilkins declared he does not believe that any vet eran would have any part in such tactics. In defending City Manager Carl Budwesky, who was attacked in the circulars as a confidant of the May or, and Mr. Budwesky’s secretary, Miss Margaret V. Shumart, who was charged with lending city govern ment support to the Mayor by at tending a political meeting with him last March, Mr. Wilkins said: “For my part my record speaks for itself, but for any individual or group seeking financial or political gain for themselves to introduce any reference to the city manager or his office personnel, to accom plish their vicious personal gain, establishes a ‘new low’ in his or their contemptibility, and this is another evidence of the ‘wolves in sheep's clothing.’ ” Run as Independents. Running as independent Demo crats, on the write-in campaign in Alexandria are R. Samuel Luckett, hardware store owner, and Samuel B. De Vaughan, employe of the Naval Torpedo Station, who has had 30 years of service in the Federal Government. While there are three at-large posts on the Council to be filled, voters wishing to assure a majority for any one candidate in the race for Mayor customarily vote what Virginia politicians refer to as a “plunker” by putting down the name of only one man without casting a ballot to fill the other two seats. Mr. Wilkins, asserting that he 6tands for progressive, economical and efficient management of the city, replied to his attackers as fol lows: “I honestly believe that every fair-minded citizen in our com munity joins me in regretting that we have in our midst a small group of citizens who seem to be happy when they can attempt to smear the record of any public officer who happens to incur their displeasure. “I think now, 1 will think to morrow and I will think over there after, that it is important to repre sent the best interests of all our townspeople, and I shall continue to do so without regard to the selfish aims and ambitions of the ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ whose only interest is their own interest.” Baby Dies as Home Burns; Sister, 17, Badly Burned Pauline O. Doup, 8-month-old j daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Doup, colored, 1000 block of Sixtieth avenue, Fairmont Heights, Md„ was burned to death yesterday and her 17-year-old sister Geneva was crit ically burned when fire destroyed their home. Members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department, who re sponded to the blaze with the Hill side and Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Departments, said the fire ap parently resulted from a coal oil stove explosion. Damage to the one and one-half story frame dwelling was estimated at between $1,500 and $2,000. The older girl was taken to Cas ualty Hospital by the Bladensburg Rescue Squad. County Hospital Guild Receives $1,000 Check Presentation of a $1,000 check to the Prince Georges County Hospital Guild by E. E. Perkins of Bowie, Md., was announced yesterday by Mrs. Morley A. Jull, chairman of the Guild's Membership Committee. The check brings the total of the membership drive to $3,170, Mrs. Jull said. All the money will be used in improving hospital facilities. The drive will continue throughout the summer. Seat Pleasant Post Office Entered but Not Robbed Intruders who smashed in two rear doors of the Seat Pleasant (Md.) post office last night appar ently searched the office and left without taking anything, police re ported today. P. L. Watkifis, who owns the gen eral store in which the post office is located, said a careful search of the premises so far has Indicated that nothing was either disturbed or taken. He believes the burglars were frightend off. EARLY ALEXANDRIA VOTERS—Among the first at the City Hall polls in Alexandria’s general election today were Prentice Edrington and Mrs. Gladys Aitcheson, who cast their ballots while Election Judge Barnard Fagelson checked them off. _ —Star Staff Photo. Navy Abandons 2-Year Drive To Acquire St. John's Campus By th« Associated Press Navy efforts to acquire St. John’s College at Annapolis as part of its Naval Academy expansion program were at an end today. A letter from Secretary of the Navy Forrestal announcing the Navy no longer seeks acquisition of the college campus was made public last night by Dr. Thomas Parran, chairman of the board of St. John’s. A resolution disapproving the Navy’s two-year campaign to take over the school was adopted recently by the House Naval Committee. Mr. Forrestal’s letter to Dr. Par ran, surgeon general of the United States Health Service, said the Navy “acquiesces” in the House Commit- j tee’s finding that the national I emergency "neither justifies nor warrants” the proposed acquisition. Writing that "the department was most reluctant to undertake the ac quisition of the college property,” Mr. Forrestal said "other plans” to expand the Naval Academy were be ing pursued. Mr. Forrestal's statement and the action of the House committee which precipitated it were hailed as “states manlike” by Dr. Parran. Yesterday, Senator Tydings, Democrat, of Maryland, said "the Navy Department has advised me that a survey is now being initiated which will permit expansion of the Naval Academy through utilizing other land areas and the possible filling in of Dorsey Creek, making it unnecessary to have the St. John's property.” Cadets Given Awards On Founders’ Day at Washington-Lee Kirk E. Birrell, whose rank Is cadet lieutenant colonel, today holds the distinction of being the out standing member of the Washing ington-Lee High School Boys’ Cadet Corps, in Arlington, while Betty Hale, a cadet major, shared sim ilar honors as the top girl cadet. Sabers, tokens of the achieve ments, were presented to the two cadets yesterday at the 21st an nual founders’ day ceremonies, Col. Birrell received the first award from School Supt. Fletcher Kemp, while Maj. Hale was pre sented the second by Mrs. Virginia Dalby, senior vice president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, John Lyon Post, VFW. Capt. Loring Tilton was present ed a third saber award for having made the most excellent contribu tion to the corps by Henry M. Haney, commander, John Lyon Post, VFW. The saber was handed to Capt. Tilton by Lt. (j. g.) Robert T. Simms, U. S. N. R., winner of the highest award at the 1940 founders’ day program. First Sergt. Jack Brown, as the outstanding junior, received the John E. Dugan Memorial Medal, presented by Daniel E. Dugan, senior vice commander, 8th District, VFW. Mr. Dugan inaugurated the award this year in honor of his grand father, a member of Lee’s army. utner awards included medals to Pvt. Charles Shreve of Company A and Pvt. Nancy Corby, Company L, as the respective boy and girl cadets malting the most progress during the year. Perfect attendance awards went to the following: Capt. L. K. Marsolf, M/Sergt B S Kid well, M/Sergt. W. Lindsay, 1st sergts. A. Holden and D. Redit, S/Sergt. A. Heinzman, Sergts. J. Devers, R. Lilliefors, J. Niswander A. Saxer and J. Velardi; Corpls. S. Bass, H. Bealle and D. Corbin- Pfc E. Kinzer and Pvts. B. Hollingsworth! H. Allen, P. Kerns, R. Potter and L. Wenz. Proficiency drill awards went to S/Sergt. P. Levister, Sergts. J. Lund berg and D. Kellam and Pvts. J. Waters, D. Tuthill and B. Shopland. _ -------ft Rollins Prosecution Stresses Charges of Theft, Embezzlement By th« Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 11.—The prosecution continued to hammer away today mainly at two charges— theft and embezzlement—among the six on which Chief Steward Walter W. Rollins is being tried by a Navy general court-martial. It succeeded yesterday in intro ducing as evidence 40 bottles of liquor and a deck of pornographic playing cards which Lt. George Bruni, treasurer of the North Severn officers mess, testified were found in the colored enlisted man’s room. Capt. Jesse R. Wallace and his co judge advocate, Lt. Comdr. William L. P. Burke, devoted most of yes terday’s sessions to evidence pur porting to bear on the theft and embezzlement counts but briefly digressed when Musician 1/c Wil liam R. Sima, jr., was on the stand. Describes Party. They elicited from young Sima the testimony that a picture of his blond wife Margaret, found in Rol lins’ room, had been given by her to Rollins with the husband’s knowl edge and approval. oima, nimsen convicted m an earlier court-martial for having “in troduced his wife into Rollin’s quar ters,” also described an all-night party February 9-10, which resulted in an investigation culminating in the arrest of Rollins, Sima, jr., and his father, Lt. William R. Sima, sr. Sima, whose bad-conduct dis charge was later remitted, testified there had been no drinking or gambling in the chief’s basement room February 9-10. Ordered to Carry Liquor. Frank B. Stallings, a mess jani tor, testified that Rollins ordered him to take "six or seven” bottles of liquor to Rollins’ room and to “take a bottle for himself.” In addition to charges of theft and embezzlement against him, the tall, muscular Rollins is accused of gambling, drinking, conduct preju dicial to good order and discipline, adultery with a white woman and a morals offense. He pleaded innocent to all charges. The trial opened last Thursday, but testimony began Sat urday. Tobacco Crop Study Pledged By Baldwin Candidate Promises More Facilities in Southern Maryland By Alex R. Preston Star Staff Correspondent BALTIMORE, June 11.—A pledge that if elected Governor he would provide Southern Maryland tobacco farmers with more adequate re search facilities to improve crops was made today by Representative Baldwin, one of the three major contenders for the Democratic nom ination for the State executive’s chair in the June 24 primary. Following last week’s visit to Prince Frederick and other South ern Maryland points, Mr. Baldwin said he was “amazed” to find that the area's tobacco industry amounts to about $20,000,000 annually. "It is about the only phase of ag riculture which does not have ade quate experimental facilities,” he said. "I make the pledge that if elected I will see that there is an adequate tobacco experimental sta tion and that it will be in Southern Maryland.” Facilities Below Needs. He said research facilities in this field of agriculture at the University of Maryland and other State agen cies' are far below the State’s needs for such a prominent activity. Meanwhile, all three of the lead ing contenders for the party nomi nation, have planned whirlwind windups for their campaigns in the less than two-week period remain ing. The Baldwin headquarters in Hotel Emerson announced plans have been completed for the gubernatorial as pirant and his running mates for attorney general and controller to make a caravan tour of Dorchester County. They will be invading the area of the State which most ob servers already have placed in the column of Controller J. Millard Tawes, Crisfleld, who also seeks the Governor’s chair. The Baldwin party plans to start from Cambridge at 9 a.m. and after making 22 scheduled stops, return to the point of origin by 10 pm. Air to Be Filled. Visits at the headquarters of the two other main candidates—Mr. Tawes in the Lord Baltimore Hotel and W. Preston Lane, jr., Hagers town publisher, at Hotel Emerson— also disclose that aside from heavy personal appearance schedules, the air will be filled with last-minute appeals by radio up to and including the Sunday before the primary. The radio schedule at the Tawes headquarters is typical. There are 15 “spots” scheduled on various radio stations between now and June 24— three of them on Washington sta tions. Senator Tydings, who is not up for nomination or re-election this yew, will reiterate his support of the Tawes ticket either over WOL on June 16 or WRC June 21, and Mr. Tawes is slated to speak over WTOP June 20. Mr. Lane’s supporters probably have planned the most intensive last-minute appeal. Other than broadcasts between now and June 24, there are nine 15-minute periods reserved on Baltimore stations for June 23 fn addition to one spot each at stations in Frederick and Salis bury. A glance over the Hagerstown candidate’s calendar of personal appearances scheduled in the re maining days of the drive shows there still are several visits to be made before unofficial labor gath erings, mostly at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad’s shops here. Advertising Appeals. None of the candidates is ignor ing the press as a medium to ap peal for support. In fact their strongest pleas seem to be empha sized both by the news columns and in paid political advertisements in county papers throughout the State. All of the three leading fac tions have taken space in labor periodicals. Of the three gubernatorial candi dates, only one has been invited to a Democratic rally to be held at O’Donnell's Farm, Forestville, by the Prince Georges County Demo cratic organization Saturday after noon. Mr. Baldwin will appear, to gether with his running mates, State Senator John B. Funk, for controller, and Speaker of the House of Delegates, John S. White, Hyattsville, for attorney general. In addition, Gov. O’Conor, who is opposing Senator Radcliffe for the latter’s seat, will attend the Prince Georges County rally, al though there has been no formal alignment of senatorial candidates with those seeking State offices. Rev. Rice Takes New Post LA PLATA, Md., June 11 (Spe cial).—The Rev. Royal A. Rice, formerly of Washington Grove, Md., has taken over the La Plata Meth odist charge. He succeeds the Rev. H. H. Hoyt, who has been transferred to the Lanham (Md.) Methodist Church. CIVIC LEADER AWARDED STAR TROPHY—William B. Horne (center), retiring president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, and one of its organizers more than 20 years ago, was presented The Evening Star Trophy last night for outstand ing achievement. Stephen James, a former president of the fed eration, is shown making the presentation at Bethesda School, while Rhees Burket, new president, looks on.—Star Staff Photo. ---♦ _ Adventist Institutions Treated 60,C J in Year, Session Told By Caspar Nannes More than 60,000 patients were cared for in the 15 Seventh-Day Ad ventist sanitariums in North Amer ica during the past year, Dr. H. M. Walton of Takoma Park, Md.. sec retary of the denomination’s medical department, reported this morning at the 45th session of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Ad ventists. The conference, which continues through Saturday, is being held at Sligo Church, Carroll and Flower avenues, Takoma Park. Dr. Walton stated that the insti tutions, having a capacity of 2,000 beds, registered a profit of $590, 679.46 for 1945 out of an operating income of $10,081,485.11. The oper ating gains have enabled the insti tutions to remove all note indebted ness and will enable them to make needed improvements, he added. A check for $1,500 was presented to the American Bible Society at the session this morning, w. E Nelson, treasurer of the conference gave the check to Frederick Cropp of New York, a general secretary of the Bible society in charge of dis tribution of Bibles throughout the United States. Sales of Seventh-day Adventist literature from 1941 to 1946 totaled $35,435,469, H. M. Blunden of Ta koma Park, secretary of the publish ing department, reported. He noted this was a gain of approximately $15,000,000 over the previous five year span. A committee to set up a co ordinated world-wide program of health education and food manu facturing, under the direction of Dr. Wayne McFarland of Takoma Park, was organized yesterday. Dr. Mc Farland, editor of Life and Health and an assistant secretary of the medical department, told the gath ering that Adventist food plants represent an investment of $4, 000,000. R. R. Figuhr, president of the South American division, and J. R. Ferren, secretary of the press bu reau, reported. L. K. Dickson, president of the North American division, will speak at the 3:45 p.m. meeting today, and V. T. Armstrong, president of the Far Eastern division, will address the 7:30 pm. gathering. Sidney Lust Theaters To Hold Food Matinees Pood matinees will be held in five Sidney Lust theaters in nearby Maryland, starting next Friday, it was announced today. The theaters’ schedule are: The Bethesda, Friday; Upper Marlboro, June 21; Milo, Rockville, June 28; Kaywood, Mount Rainier, July 5, and the Hyattsville, July 12. All showings are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Children will be admitted free upon presentation of one or more cans of food, which will be turned over to UNRRA for distribution abroad. Cheverly Church Organ Dedication Planned The new organ at Cheverly Com munity Church, dedicated to World War II dead, will be dedicated of ficially at 11 am. Sunday, June 23, the Rev. Roy H. Stetler, jr., an nounced today. The instrument was purchased with funds contributed from resi dents of Cheverly, Md., Washing ton and other nearby communities. A special musical program is planned, and the public is invited to attend. Hie church is located at Cheverly avenue and Forest road, Cheverly, Md. Falls Church to Seek Extra Water From Arlington and D. C. Increased water supply for Falls Church was the main topic of dis cussion at a meeting of the Town Council last night on the eve of the town election. The town received a report that Arlington County and Washington are now favorable to the town ob taining additional water either from Arlington or directly from the Dis trict. J. H. McCarthy, chairman of the Water and Sewer Committee, was instructed to send letters to Arlington County officials, the Army Engineer Corps and the superin tendent of the District Water De partment, requesting that consider ation be given to Falls Church ob taining additional water either through Arlington County’s system or directly from the Dalecarlia Res ervoir in the District. Citizens were warned that the town’s supply this year would be in sufficient to permit sprinkling of lawns during prolonged dry spells and that such practices would have to be prohibited during these peri ods. The council was informed that a consulting engineer is at work on plans and specifications for the new water reservoir to be erected in the Virginia Forest section of Falls Church. Due to serious deterioration of some of the main streets of the town, the council authorized Walter Follin, chairman of the Road Com mittee, to make an emergency ex penditure not to exceed $2,000 dur ing the next month to patch the worst sections. The question of delinquency in the payment of personal pro|>eriy taxes was raised and the town at torney was instructed to take court action against the most serious of fenders. 37 Are Graduated At Parker-Gray High Diplomas were presented to 37 members of the graduating class at Parker-Gray High School in Alex andria last night in commencement exercises conducted by W. H. Pitts, principal. Dr. A. G. Macklin, high school counselor of the Virginia State Col lege at Petersburg, Va., speaking on “Achieving Humanity Through E(fl> ucation,” said that “fair dealing among all peoples is promoted through truth and enlightenment.” The Rev. N. S. Hargrave, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Alex andria, delivered the invocation and benediction, and diplomas were presented by Edward D. Reed, chairman of the Alexandria School Board. Receiving diplomas were: James L. Anderson. Doris E. Bailey, Henry C. Brooks. Constance J. Brown. Helene P. Brown, Doshie J. Calloway, William F. Carter. Ines M. Cross. Juanita Dixie. Oliver E. Ellis. Daniel M. Ford. Frederick C. Franklin. John A. Franklin. Jr. Mattie A. Funn. Berlena Goins. Shirley P. .Harris, La Verne C. Herbert, Lena M. Holland. Rosetta Holand. Ardelia M Hunter. Barbara J. I. Jackson. Helen H. Jackson. Earl F. Lloyd. Robert E Mat thews. Aaron McKinney, Jr.; Louis L. Napper. Ruby E. Price. Willie L. Rice. Richard Shackleford. Cleola N. Smith. Ora B. Smith. Beniamin A. Talley. Jr.; Fannie E. Tyler, Rosier Wair. Frances V. Wanser. Queen Esther Warner and Martha L. Williams. Dancing Unclad Brings Protest at Landover Reports of couples dancing un clad near the Pennsylvania Rail road overpass in Landover, Md„ led the Landover Suburban Citizens’ Association last night to address a formal protest to the Prince Georges County Commisioners. Members of the association said that there have been “numerous instances of couples parking” in lonely sections of the community an dthat complaints to the police have failed to stop the practice. Star Cup Presented To William Horne for Service to Country William B. Horne, charter mem ber of the Montgomery County Ci vic Federation and retiring presi dent of that group, was presented The Evening Star Cup for out standing service to the county dur ing the past year at the federation annual meeting last night in the Bethesda Elementary School. In making the presentation, Ste phen James called Mr. Horne “the grand old man of the civic federa tion.” The 21st recipient of the trophy, Mr. Home served the federation for more than 10 years as treasurer be fore becoming president last year. Rhees Burket was named presi dent in the annual election of offi cers. Herbert N. Eaton was elected vice president, Ernest Woodchek, recording secretary; Mrs. W. W. Rubey, corresponding secretary, and Wesley H. Blank, treasurer. Elected members of the Executive Board are Ralph D. Boyd, James D. King, Dwight M. Collins and Dr. Lewis Meriam. Following a report on the pro posed county budget by Gerhard J. Isaac, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, the federation approved the proposed 25-cent in crease in the tax rate and asked the county to plan for a future gen eral county tax rate sufficient to meet the necessary operating ex penditures and debt maturities. It was pointed out that the pro posed budget provides for increased expenditures in virtually every cate gory, these-afcseriang the -proposed 25-cent increase in the tax rate, making it necessary to refund near ly ’lO per cent of the general bbilga tion maturities and more than 93 per cent of the floating debt. The federation asked that the county commissioners empower the county supervisor to prepare a plan for effecting economies in the oper ation of the county government. It also suggested that the quarterly allotment system be adopted. The federation president was in structed to appoint a special com mittee to consider and report on housing in Montgomery County, lay ing particular stress on modernizing building codes and zoning regula tions and co-ordinating housing ac tivities. Four Independents File In Montgomery Election ROCKVILLE, Md., June 11.— There will be four independent can didates for offices to be filled at the November election in Montgomery County. Petitions signed by the required number of persons yesterday were approved by the supervisors of elections, subject to checking to determine whether at least 500 of the 740 signers are registered voters of the county, as required by law. The latest candidates to file are: Charles M. Orme, Gaithersburg, for sheriff; James Ernest Hawkins, Etchison, for county treasurer; Brawner Z. Harding, ^Gaithersburg, for county commissioner from the second district, and Thomas M. Garrett, Hunting Hill, for commis sioner from the third district. Taximen Meet Thursday To Discuss Limitation A special mass meeting of taxicab drivers and owners of the District will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Basement of Pythian Temple to discuss ‘‘possible actions” on the taxicab license limitation question. According to a representative of the AFL Local 935, discussidn will be centered on the recent post ponement of congressional action on cab limitations by the House District Subcommittee. TAKOMA JUNIOR HIGH GRADUATES—This *s the graduating class of Takoma Park JuniorHigh School Co^racement "ercise^er^ldtod^t^eschool Kioto by Rideout ft Rapp 4 • w 1 Fairfax Revokes Building Permit For Developer Prefabricated House On Improper-Sized Lot, Survey Shows Fairfax County health and zoning officials said yesterday they were revoking a building permit issued to C. E, Karlstromer, Arlington realty man and developer, who has started erection of a prefabricated house at the intersection of Great Falls road and Haycock road near the town limits of Falls Church. This action, taken by E. Russell White, bounty zoning administra tor, at the request of Dr. Thomas Scarlett, county health officer, fol lowed a letter of protest presented to the Board of Supervisors by property owners in the adjoining areas. In their letter the property own ers declared that the prefabricated house was being erected on a lot which was marked ofl as 60 feet, whereas the zoning ordinance re quired a 65-foot frontage, and that no satisfactory provision could be made for sewage disposal due to the size of the lot and the lack of sew ers in the vicinity. The letter re quested that the county revoke the building permit, which, it alleged, was issued by the zoning adminis trator without approval of the county health officer. Inspection Made by Officials. Mr. White said the building must be erected on a proper-sized lot and that his office had issued the per mit for one house on the 4%-acre tract, subject to approval of the health officer. Dr. Scarlett said the decision to revoke the permit came after an in spection of the site by himself, Mr. White and T. J. Stockton, county planning engineer. He said that the present lot would not meet the specifications of the Health Depart ment for a septic tank, which re quires a lot of 20,000 square feet, while the one on which the house is situated contains only 13,000 square feet. The Falls Church Town Council last night voted to refuse Mr. Karl stromer’s request for water from the town for his house. The town reiterated its previous position that due to the shortage of water, it could not permit any extension to new subdivisions outside of the town. It was learned that the prefabri cated house now being erected is owned by D. Friermood, Arlington broker, who is representing the man ufacturer of the houses in this area. He said he had no intention of rent ing the house, but that it was erected solely as a sample house. Does Not Own Land. He adjnitted, however, that he CHd ‘ not ^own the land question and did not know what plans Mr. Karlstromer had in reference to the deveiopirient of the 4t4' acres. Mr. White said he had been informed that Mr. Karlstromer had originally planned to erect 10 or 12 houses on the 4H acres. When informed that his building permit was being revoked, Mr. Karl stromer indicated that he might test* the legality of the county’s sanitary code. County officials said they would welcome such a test because similar situations are arising daily over erection of prefabricated houses for veterans and they felt that the best interests of the county and the fi nancial protection of GI’s demand that the situation be clarified. Alexandria Gl Killed In Army Air Disaster An Alexandria youth who had just been home on a 45-day furlough was among 23 persons killed Sunday in the crash of an Army C-54 transport plane on Taboga Island, 12 miles from Panama City, according to an Army announcement. The Virginian was Staff Sergt. Walter P. Astryke, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Astryke, 16 Caton avenue. A native of Alexandria, Sergt. Astryke attended George Washing ton High School there before enter ing the coast artillery in Mirch. 1943. After being stationed in Panama for 30 months, he was transferred to the United States military mis sion in La Paz, Bolivia. According to his father, Sergt. Astryke left home for Panama last Wednesday on the first leg of his trip back to Bolivia. The father said his only other child. Staff. Sergt. Charles G. Astryke, was killed in an automobile accident last October, 17 days after he was mustered out of the Army. The plane, which carried 17 pass engers and 6 crew members, crashed on a mountainside on Taboga Is land while on a routine flight to Albrook Field, Canal Zone. It left West Palm Beach at 4:45 am. Sun day and struck the mountain at 11:13 am. Army officials said the plane car ried 13 enlisted men, an Army colo nel. two West Point* cadets and one civilian. BALBOA, Canal Zone, June 11 (>P). —A United States Army C-54 trans port plane which crashed Sunday, killing all of its 23 passengers, failed by 100 feet to clear a 1,013-foot peak on Taboga Island, it was dis closed today. The plane struck the peak during a storm while coming down for a landing at Albrook Field on the mainland, 10 miles from the island. The spot where the plane crashed is on such steep, rugged terrain that rescue workers were forced to use ropes. All of the bodies had been recovered by noon yesterday. Radio Station Approved MARTINSBURG, W. Va„ June 11 (Special).—Manager H. Nelson Claifc of the Chamber of Commerce here said he was advised by C. Leslie Golliday, Winchester, Va„ and C. M. Zinn, York, Pa., trading as the Martinsburg Broadcasting Co., that their application to operate a radio station here—the first in the city_ had been tentatively approved by the Federal Communications Com mission.