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WASHINGTON, D. C. fbe fSbenittg WASHINGTON NEWS .WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1946. B •kirk i District Paid U. 5. More Taxes Than 28 States Per Capita Average Nearly Double Ratio Of Population The District’s .71 per cent of the national population contributed 1.25 per cent of the Federal Govern ment's total tax collections In the last fiscal year, the annual report of the Internal Revenue Bureau re vealed today. Of the $40,672,096,997.88 collected by the Government for the 12 months ended June 30. District tax payers supplied $509.938,000—a 22.8 per cent increase over payments in the 1945 fiscal year. Federal tax revenues as a whole; dropped $3,128,290,000 from the last fiscal year, owing principally to a decline in collections from the ex cess profits tax, repealed after V-J day. * Burden Heavier There. The District's burden in support ing the Federal Government was greater than that of 28 other States the three Territories. Income tax alone paid bv District residents totaled $460,915,501, or 1.47 per cent of the national total —a figure exceeded by only 14 States. J\ew YorK btate, with approxi-1 mately one-tenth of the national j population, provided almost 20 peri v cent of the total collections. New i Yorkers paid $19.95 of every $100 j collected by the bureau, as com pared with $1.25 of every $100 paid by District residents. By contrast! Wyoming furnished only 8 cents of1 every $100 collected. Decrease in Revenue. Corporation and individual income! taxes, including wage witholdings,! dropped $239,766,000 and $329,777,000; respectively, but these were offset j by increases resulting from the buy- j ing boom and spending for pleasure, j Retail consumption tax on jewelry,! furs, cosmetics and luggage brought; the Government $67,941,000 more! than a year earlier, and manufac- \ titters’ excise taxes on various goods! —autos, gasoline, radios, phono- j graph records, musical instruments; and others—yielded $140,160,100 more than in fiscal 1945. 'Workshop' Slated For County Teachers The Montgomery County Board j of Education is sponsoring a "work shop ’ from September 4-11 in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.; All county teachers are expected! to attend the affair, which is for the purpose of arranging work for the coming school year in such : subjects as visual aids, health, ex- 1 hibits, physical education, and maps 1 and globes. j( Dr. Edwin W. Broome, county < school superintendent, said he hoped i: that parents also would attend some : of the meetings to give their ideas i for educational programs outside of! the regular curricula. At the same time Dr. Broome re- j vealed there will be about 600 teachers this fall in the county | school system, about 30 more than j last season. He expects there will j be a "substantial” number of new j teachers, in addition to the 30. Navy Identifies Pilot Killed in Air Collision • y the Associated Press NORFOLK, Va„ Aug. 21 —Naval : spokesmen yesterday identified as j Ensign Francis Osborne Guthrie. USNR, the pilot killed Monday j, when two aircraft of a four-plane! formation collided over the Atlantic Ocean near Lake Henry. He was I the son of Allen O. Guthrie, Wes-j ton. Mass. i; Lt, M. C. Mason of San Diego, phot of the other plane involved; ‘ in the collision, bailed out before his plane struck the ocean and was rescued. _ i I Only One Try | Another in a series of jogs for lagging memories regarding Dis trict traffic laws. ■.■ I >.. ■ I...II (If Car “A” is moving in left lane, contrary to regulations, since a left turn is not planned. Car “B” passes at right without sounding horn. There is no other traffic light in the vicinity. Should Car “B" have: 1. Sounded horn as it passed at right? 2. Sounded horn and hoped for Car “A" to be reasonable and move to right? 3. Proceeded as it did in order not to disconcert Car ‘'A” with horn? Answer 2 is right. Section 25, par agraph <b), of the traffic and motor vehicle regulations states, in part: “The driver of a vehicle overtak ing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the highway until safely clear on the overtaken vehicle: provided, that when vehicles on the roadway are moving in two or more sub stantially continuous lines, the ve hicles in one such line overtaking or passing the vehicles in another line may pass either on the right or left, and driver overtaking and pass ing upon the right of another vehicle may do so when a vehicle on the left is making or is about to make a left turn. • • •” 1 CYCLING PIANIST AIDS CANCER DRIVE—Mitchell Sadewitz. Brooklyn music teacher and concert pianist, was pedaling about Washington today on a 2,000-mile cycle tour to publicize can cer-prevention campaigns. He rode 15,000 miles in behalf of War Bond drives and now is distributing leaflets stressing im portance of early diagnosis of the disease. —Star Staff Photo, i OP A Promises Vigorous Action On Meat Ceiling V iolationsHere uisinci omciais today prom ised to deal vigorously with vio lators of new ceilings soon to be placed on meats and declared they would "stay ahead of any possible black market.” Sever penalties such as treble damages, suspensions and criminal prosecutions will be used in a “highly concentrated” effort to pre vent over-ceiling sales of food, espe cially meat, J. Grahame Walker, District OPA enforcement attorney.: said. Similarly, District OPA Director Vincent A, Holmes promised a policy of striking hard at violations of new meat and food controls. The OPA enforcement staff in the District has been held intact and is ready to go into action against vio tators as soon as the new controls take effect. Mr. Walker said. He called for co-operation of con sumers and businessmen to aid the enforcement staff in detecting and preventing violations. “We’re going to stay ahead of any possible black market in Washington and stay on top of it to crush any effort to violate the law,” Mr. Walker asserted." He reported that local OPA en forcement attorneys have cleared up work on all cases which were pend ing June 30 and are preparing to present them to the courts. OPA meat investigators who have been assigned to other food control cases since June 30. will return to the Job of detecting over-ceiling sales of meat. j Comparison of Average Meat Prices The OPA has promised meat ceilings "at or close" to June 30 levels W,h^[eta'! prices a,re rolled back. The following table supplies examples 3i OPA ceilings in June, the average price per pound for meats here dur mg oulv as compiled by the Bureau of. Labor Statistics and the approxi mate prices being charged today in local chain stores. Item- June 30 loundsteak ... 48 Jorterhouse ....." 56 lamburger ___30 'enter-cut Pork.40 3rade A Bacon_ 43 loin Lamb Chops__ 64 Sirloin Veal Steak _ 53 cents July 62.2 cents unavailable 45.7 cents 50.5 " 51.5 ” 55.5 ” 58.7 ” Today. 65 cents 69 ” 40, 57 59 73 53 Arlington Group Asks Hearing on Gas Rates Under Changeover The Virginia State Corporation Commission today had been re juested to hold a public hearing in Arlington to determine whether a lew method of computing rates, ncident to the changeover from nanufactured to natural gas, is •quitable. The Rosslyn Gas Co., a subsidiary >f the Washington Gas Light Co., low is engaged in the changeover n 55 county zones and has an lounced that bills in the future will >e computed on British thermal units nstead of by the cubic foot method is has been done in the past. When the Arlington conversion irogram is well under way, the Washington firm will begin the same irocedure in nearby Maryland areas ind finally the changeover will be nade in Washington. No Reply to Letter, Mrs. Beulah Shipley Goss, chair-: nan. Public Utilities Committee or he Arlington Civic Federation, said he SCC failed to reply to a letter he committee sent August 2 asking if the State body ever had held a oublic hearing on the proposed :hange in rate computing. The company has announced the BTU method will not result in any material difference in rates and Mrs. Goss emphasized that her com- i mittee has not taken a stand against1 the new method. A position may be; taken when the question has been thoroughly explored, she added. The1 SCC was asked to make public re sults of any hearing it might have held on the matter. After failing to receive a reply the committee has telegraphed the same request and has asked that a public hearing be held in Arlington in case no previous public airing has been held. To Report on Survey. The committee, Mrs. Gass said, is completing a comprehensive study 3f the problem and will make its re port to the next federation meeting at 8 p.m. September 10 in the Lyon Park Community House, where it has obtained as a speaker Laurence S. Happen, utility rate analyst for the OPA. In July the Alexandria City Coun cil inquired into the pending changeover and was informed by its city attorney there would be no in crease in rates. City Manager Carl Budwesky said at that time the SCC had approved the changeover, which would be permitted unless objection was raised, in which event a hearing would be held. The coun cil took no further action. Mass Meeting Called In Luray by Democrats Special Dispatch to The Star LURAY, Va., Aug. 21.—County Chairman Robert Keyser today is sued a call for a Democratic mass meeting at the courthouse for Au gust 30. At the evening meeting delegates and alternates to the State convention will be chosen. The method of selecting the dele gates was decided upon at a meet ing of the county committee. Alexandria Attorney Buys Old Virginia Farm I */ the Associated Pres* WARRENTON, Va., Aug. 21.—j Charles Henry Smith, Alexandria | attorney, has purchased a 360-acre I farm from H. L. Baxley. The farm j is the site of a 122-year-old stone! residence and a smaller stone build - , ing where Gen. Turner Ashby of Fauquier, went to school. The farm is located between Mark ham and Hume. Fire Under Probe l The Prince Georges County Fire! Board today was conducting an in- i vestigation of the $10,000 blaze yes- | terday which destroyed five build-: ings. containing 30 tons of hav and I 40 tons of lime and cement, of the ! C. F. Dickey Coal and Feed Co.. 4800 Baltimore boulevard. Hyattsville. Three firemen, slightly injured, | were treated at the Leland Memorial! Hospital. They are John O’Hara, 30, captain of the Brentwood fire department, who sustained a mashed finger while coupling hoses; Glen Koger, 17, of the Mount Rainier' fire department, who was burned about the face by lime, and Johnson I Fisher, 22, of the Mount Rainier i fire department, who was cut on1 the left leg by a pitchfork. A total of seven county fire de partments responded. Traffic was rerouted for about two hours. C. F. Dickey, president of the company, who estimated the; damage, said the fire was first noticed in one of the hay shacks. Traffic in the area was tied up for more than an hour. Firemen said they prevented the flames from spreading to the adja cent Globe Distributing Co. Bottling Works by keeping a stream of water on the plant. Suicide Ruled in Death 01 Delegate Matthews By Hi* Associated Press LA PLATA, Md„ Aug. 21.—The body of Delegate James P. Matthews, 42, a bullet wound in the head, was found near his home here yesterday, ana jjr. James Mac Kavanagh. Charles County medical exam iner, said he had issued a cer tificate of su icide. Dr. MacKav anagh said Mr. Matthews, a Democratic member of the House of Dele gates from Charles County since 1939 and a candidate for Hr. Matthew*. another term, had been in ill health for several weeks. He said a revolver was found in Mr. Matthews’ right hand and the shot had penetrated the right temple. The body was found by a foster brother, William Matthews, at the edge of a woods, Sheriff Bruce Shymansky reported. Mr. Matthews was unmarried. 105 D.C. Drivers! Lose Licenses in Traffic Cases August Toll May Fall Below July Figure Of 323 Suspensions One hundred and five motorists have lost their driving licenses tem porarily for conviction on traffic violation charges during August, the Board of Revocation and Resto ration of Operators’ Permits re-1 vealed today. Since 323 permits were suspended by the board last mopth, the figure thus far in August-while traffic officials are conducting a severe en forcement program against irre sponsible motorists—reflects fewer suspensions than were imposed the month before unless a large num ber of revocations are handed down in the next 10 days. The board, which is headed by Mrs. Mary Silver, has not computed the number of suspensions issued, since Traffic Director George E. Keneipp ordered a strict clampdowm on traffic violators. Under authority granted by the District Commission ers yesterday, the board may revoke permanently the licenses of persons! convicted of exceeding 39 miles per hour twice in a year. To Study Publication of Names. Asked if the names of persons whose permits have been suspended would be made available for pub- i lication. Commissioner Guy Masons said today he would take the matter' up at a Commissioners’ board meet- ; ing tomorrow. Mr. Mason said he1 would suggest to the other city! heads that future board hearings on I permit suspensions be made public, but added he did not favor publica tion of suspensions already in effect. Meanwhile, a new outbreak of irre sponsible driving was reported today bv Washington and Maryland police after two w'ild chases occurred here involving fugitive speeders and police cars. One chase led police through the Northwest section last night in pur suit of the driver who sideswiped a 10th precinct police scout car, col- I lided with a bus and finally crashed 1 into a tree in a car that had been! reported stolen. Charged on Two Counts. Two patrolmen arrested a man '< identified as Harold Maxwell, 24, col ored, of the first block of R street N.E.. said to be driver of the auto-; mobile. He was overtaken in anl alley near Eleventh ’and Irving streets N.W., police said. Police charged Maxwell with two: counts of leaving the scene of an; accident, reckless driving, not pos-i sessing a District drivers’ license and unauthorized use of an auto mobile. His captors, Patrolmen Thomas E. Slocum and Alfred W. Shutta, said they spotted the stolen car at Eleventh and Euclid streets N.W when it stopped for a red light. They pulled the scout car alongside in an effort to pin the car to the curb, the policemen said. Policeman Hurt in Crash. When the driver saw the scout car. I he sped away, striking the side of! the police car and inflicting bruises i on Pvt. Shutta’s leg and hip. it was reported. The officers said they! chased Maxwell north on Eleventh street for several blocks until the; stolen car struck the bus, careened i off and slammed into the tree. The! officers said Maxwell fled on foot,' but was cornered in the alley. The second pursuit began when Prince Georges County police heard a screaming exhaust whistle on an automobile operated by Clarence Ransom. 27. Hillside, Md„ as he allegedly sped past the police car on Marlboro pike. Twelfth precinct police joined in the chase when Ran som's car crossed the District line, police said, and the motorist even tually was apprehended at Cedar Hill Cemetery. He was charged only with illegal use of an exhaust j whistle and released in $300 bond, j In another traffic case, a milk truck skidded while making a turn,' ran up on the sidewalk at Eight-! eenth street between E and F streets '■ N.W., and struck a tree, according to police. The truck driver, listed, as Frank Gibson, colored. 28, of! 4901 Alabama avenue S.E., suffered minor head cuts. He was charged with failing to give full time and at tention to his driving. Police arrested 35 motorists for speeding in the past 24 hours, 17 of them charged with exceeding 40 miles per hour. Montgomery to Hire Accident Specialist i The Montgomery County Board: of Commissioners yesterday author-j izeti the employment of a specialist! in accident prevention to make a! study of county traffic. Chief of Police H. Leslie Carlin said the man, to be hired for tem porary work, is employed by the National Association of Chief of Police, and travels throughout the country making studies of accidents. His work will largely be confined, it was explained, to sorting through accident files in county police sta tions then classifying them. “It is not so much traffic con trol." County Supervisor Willard P. Day added, “but analysis of past accidents and making recommenda tions on the basis of them." The board provided that the specialist's salary should not exceed $400. Hit-and-Run Drunk Driver Gets 6-Month Jail Sentence Trial Magistrate Alan Bowie of Prince Georges County has served notice that he “will do his part" in protecting the riding public. Judge Bowie made his announce ment yesterday after sentencing Thomas H. Thompson, colored, 21, Clinton, to serve six months in the Maryland House of Correction on a drunken-driving charge. Thompson also received a sus pended $100 fine for failing to stop after an accident. After noting an appeal, he was released on $500 bond. Testimony showed that Thompson collided with a car driven by Mrs ! Josephine Montgomery, Brandywine, Md„ last Priday on the Allentown! road near Camp Springs. tk COLLEGE GIs GROOM DUCK FOR HAY RIDES OR WATER JAUNTS Coast Guard veteran, and William Thomas, former infantryman, with they bought to help pay their way through American University. — Sewall Gentry, left, the amphibious Duck —Star Staff Photo. Army Wives Angered By Living in Tokyo's 'Palace Heights' Be it ever so high-toned in name, "Palace Heights” in Tokyo is no place for a home, in the opinion of Mrs. James L. Liddington, 709 Po tomac avenue, Alexandria, one of eight Army wives who complained today in Tokyo about living condi tions in their Quonset hut village in the Japanese capital. • Palace Heights.” the angry wives told Army occupation officers, is not only a misnomer, but is also a mess. There is neither palace nor heights, and for two months these wives of captains and lieutenants have been doing without plumbing, screen doors, mattresses or carpets. Residence in the huts was sup posed to be temporary. But the breaking point came when the wives read in the newspaper. Stars and Stripes, that other officers’ w’ivcs and families arriving in September would move into the new hous ing units. Tired of Rank Pulling. "Tired of having rank pulled on our husbands,” Mrs. Liddington and the other Quonset hut inhabitants called on Col. R. P. Thompson, exe cutive officer for the headquarters and service group. It was ‘‘not a very happy meeting,” the wives re ported later. Mrs. Liddington disclosed, how ever, that before a newspaper re porter could get to Palace Heights” after the session, workmen came in and began a general cleanup and carried in furniture. Col. Thompson said some of the complaints were justified, that these were the fault of the Japanese con tractors. Japanese laborers, Jap anese materials and a Japanese manager who was discharged last week. Plan to Go Higher. The wives said they were going directly to Maj. Gen. Paul J. Mueller, Gen. MacArthur's chief of staff, to complain about the “injustice of as signing better housing to late ar rivals." *'And if that doesn't improve con ditions,” said Mrs. P. B. Witt, jr.. formerly of Fresno, Calif., “we will invite Mrs. MacArthur to come out and see the conditions under which we live with our children.” Mrs. Virginia Blair, whose parents live in St. Louis, pulled back the coverings from a plain box spring container on which she and her cap tain husband sleep. Mattresses in Storage. “There are plenty of mattresses locked up in a storage hut in "Palace Heights,” but the Army won’t let us have them because they say GHQ hasn't approved the issue yet,” she asserted. “I have been here a week," said Mrs. Mavis Hart of Mansfield. Ohio, and I have not seen any hot water.” Mrs. Hart was leading her three children single file to keep them from falling into a deep ditch on the side of the path. Five-year-old Rickey Glascock, with hi.s right arm in a cast, pointed to a ditch into which he fell Mon day and broke his arm. His mother is Mrs. Wanda Glascock, wife of a medical captain who formerly lived in Chicago. Capt. W. F. Swope, a military government officer, who is presideht of “Palace Heights” Club formed to run the community, said he made an average of two trips a week" to headquarters service group com plaining of conditions, but was get ting "little or no results.” Theft Policies Prior to June Unaffected by Higher Rates Increased burglary and outside theft insurance rates which went into effect in the District and Vir ginia last Monday do not affect policies in effect prior to June 1, 1946. Howard M. Starling, manager of the Washington office of the National Bureau of Casaulty and Surety Underwriters, emphasized today. The Star stated erroneously last Monday that sucN policies would be canceled and rewritten. Mr. Starling explained that poli cies effective between June 1 and August 19, 1946, could be indorsed or canceled and rewritten on the basis of new rules and rates but that rules of this type rarely are invoked by the companies and are intended principally to benefit the assured in cases of rate reduction. lest Pilot Parachutes* To Safety Near Laurel Everett Hart. 33, chief test pilot for the Engineering Research Corp., Riverdale, Md., parachuted to safety this morning after a plane he was testing broke an ailerone at 9,000 feet. He suffered a broken ankle in the fall and was taken to Leland Memorial Hospital, Riverdale. He came to earth close to the Bal timore-Washington boulevard near Laurel. The plane crashed in a field several hundred yards away. A company spokesman said Mr. Hart, a veteran test pilot, had de liberately attempted to find weak nesses in the experimental plane and was giving it a "very strenuous1’ workout. Mr. Hart is married and lives in Riverdale. Gl Students Plan Hayrides By Land and Sea in Duck The amphibious task force at; American University is equipped with almost everything for land and j water sorties except the necessary! permits. Although the force's paper work is slightly snafu, Sew-all Gentry, who sailed with the Navy, and Wil liam Thomas, who -walked with the infantry, are not entirely unfamiliar with a system that demands nine copies of everything. In addition, they're both psychol ogy students, as well as amateur mechanics, and are learning the lesson of patience. The two will need some patience and ingenuity but more cash before they drive their newly acquired duck for hire through crowded traffic on streets, highways, river or bay. By Land or Sea. The duck can transport by land or sea about 35 passengers, if "not too fancy pants,” Mr. Gentry ex plained. That would put it in the bus class, with either operator re quiring special permits, depending on whether they will operate only in the District or across State lines. As to water transport, a permit can be had from the Coast Gu&rd inspection servioe at Baltimore, pro vided the operators can pass exam inations and their boat is properly equipped with navigation lights and the like. “But we ll have 'The Monster’ all tagged up soon,” confidently pre dicted Mr. Gentry yesterday. At 24 he's almost as optimistic as Bill, a year his junior. The task force gazed fondly on its equipment parked like some prehistoric mon ster in a shady grove on the cam pus lawn. ‘‘She's all ours,” said Mr. Gentry. “Who’d have thought it? Up until last Sunday, I never saw one be fore. Did you ride in one of those things in Europe, Bill?” “No,” said Mr. Thomas, “I was in the infantry—haven’t you heard? We walked.” Mr. Thomas had done considerable walking, with the 378th Infantrj# 95th Division, all the wav from Normandy beaches deep into Germany. As for Mr. Gentry, he had sailed with the Coast Guard for about three years in the Atlan tic Ocean. But their duck still amazed them. They had paid $815; of their savings for it. “We left in Bill's jeep after my! night history class." Mr. Gentry! said, “and picked out the Monster from a stack at Chambersburg, Pa We learned to drive her by trial and error, as they say in our psychology class. She broke down four times on the road. We got to thinking we had a white elephant for sure. "But we explored her innards, pulled her apart and put her back together again, about four times, I guess. Now she's doing fine.” "Except for all those permits,” cul in Mr. Thomas. “You see, we plan to hire out for hay rides, Sun day school picnics, fishing excursions that won t end up on the shore line, but go right on out to where they’re biting." New Problem for District. “Well need a stack of permits,” Mr. Gentry said. "And all those laws, rules and reg ulations emanate from the mind of man,” went on Mr. Thomas, who plans to take up theology at Duke University after he gets his degree m psychology here. Inquiry of District officials brought out that no such problem has ever come up here before. They said it sounded like a case for the traffic director, the corporation counsel's office and maybe the Public Utlities Commission. Mr. Gentry, a resident of Prince ton, N. J„ was attending college at Chestertown, Md., before he went to sea, and Mr. Thomas, a former resident of Birmingham, Ala., was after his degree at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., before he signed up with the infantry. "What does your psychology pro fessor think of all this?” “He thinks,” Mr. Gentry said, “we'll learn a lot about mechanics hut more about human nature be fore were through with the Monster.” Trade Board Names Penn and Koones to Head Committees Charles T. Penn, president of the! Washington Building Congress, has accepted the chairmanship of the new Metropolitan Area Relations! V U III III 1 |, ICC Ui the Washington Board of Trade, Joseph C. Mc Garraghy, presi dent. announced today. Charles C. K.oones. for- j mer president of the Washington Real Estate Board, has been named to head the Public and Private Build ing Committee. Explaining the function of the Mr. f»M. wmimucr, mi. mcvjaii ugu.v saia the Board of Trade has assigned it the task of developing the "closest possible co-ordinated relationship Mr. Koones. between the Dis trict of Colum bia and the sev eral political j u r i s d i c tions within Montgom ery and Prince Georges Coun ties in Maryland and A r 1 i n gton and Fairfax Counties and Al exandria in Vir ginia — all of which comprises the Metropolitan area of Wash ington. “It is believed,’ Mr’ McGarraghy continued, “that this committee can perform p, very useful service by working with Chambers of Com merce, boards of trade and other citizens’ organizations throughout the county zone.” The Public and Private Buildings Committee, Mr. McGarraghy said will be concerned with matters per taining to the construction industry j and the availability of commercial and residential properties, and will! study the' Federal Governments, construction program and proposals for public housing and slum clear ance projects. Mr. Penn is vice president of the Indiana Limestone Co., former vice chairman of the District Housing Committee and a director of the Family Service Association. Mr. Koones is a native of Wash ington and attended George Wash ington University. He has been in the real estate business throughout his career. He is a director of the Merrick Boys Camp, the National Brokers’ Institute and is on the Board of the District War Housing Center. Policeman Beaten by Gang RICHMOND, Va.. Aug. 21 OP).— Julius F. Ritchie, 35, Harrisonburg policeman, was beaten and robbed of his wallet yesterday by five col ored men in an alley here, he re ported to police. Witness on Absences % Surprises Prosecutor1 In Sima Court-Martial By th» Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Aug. 21.—The prose cution in the Navy court-martial of Lt. William R. Sima, suspended Naval Academy bandleader, found it had called a surprise witness to day in its attempt to show that two bandsmen had been unjustifi ably authorized by Lt. Sima for frequent absences from duty. Lt. Sima is charged with culpable inefficiency, perjury, extortion and violation of various Navy regula tions. Turning its attention to a specifi cation claiming that Musicians 1 c William R. Sima. jr.. the defendant's son, and John P. Kleis had been permitted to absent themselves two or three afternoons a week, the prosecution called Chief Musician Martion C. Pruitt. Asked to state what he remem bered concerning the absences of the pair, Chief Pruitt replied he could not recall whether they had been absent more or less than other bandsmen. rrosecuior claims surprise. Comdr. Joseph L. McGroarty, as sistant judge advocate, thereupon told the court Chief Pruitt had "sur prised” him and asked permission to cross-examine his own witness. Basis of the request was a state ment Comdr. McGroarty said Chief Pruitt had made to the prosecution last April in which he declared Kleis had been absent from the band "more than any one else with the exception of Sima, jr.” Their absences. Chief Pruitt’s statement had said, occurred “most ly during the horse-racing season,” the court was told. After Chief Pruitt's April state ment was submitted in evidence, Chief Musician George W. Could was called to the stand and testi fied he believed Kleis and the younger Sima had been absent from band duty more than any one else. Sima, Jr., Tried. Sima, jr„ was tried before a court martial and on conviction on a charge of having introduced his wife to the quarters of a colored enlisted man, Chief Steward Walter W. Rol lins. was sentenced to a bad-conduct discharge. This sentence was remitted by the convening authority of the court martial. Capt. Karl J. Christoph. During defense cross-examination' Chief Pruitt admitted he did not I know of his own knowledge the ex act times when Kleis and Sima, jr., had been absent. Yesterday testimony by which the prosecution sought to prove the sus pended Naval Academy bandmaster permitted at least five incompetent musicians to serve under him, went into the record. High-ranking Navy and Marine musicians testified that they had conducted a special audition for four bandsmen and found them wanting in proficiency. It was testified that the fifth man, named in the testimony as Musician 1/c Ernest J. Tomanio, asked to be excused from the special exami nation. 1 A VAFearsDispute On Hospital May Delay Building No Decision Likely Now; Nevius Tract Preferred as Site Veterans' Administration officials warned today that controversy over location of the hospital proposed for Washington may prevent scheduled completion of the 750^-bed institu tion by June, 1948. They had before them suggestions of several sites in Arlington Countv but indicated that an immediate decision is unlikely. A spokesman explained that the selection proce dure includes not only a recom mendation by the Federal Board of Hospitalization, but also approval by the Veterans' Administration and by President Truman. Arlington County officials, oppos ing the Nevius tract at Lee boule vard and Arlington Ridge road near Arlington National Cemetery, sub mitted to Veterans’ Administrator Bradley four other possible sites. These are Arlington Hall, now operated by the Army Signal Corps and owned by the Government; Ar lington Farms, also owned by the Government; the Saegmuller tract, a privately owned property in the northwest part of the county on North Little Falls road, and the pri vately owned Army-Navy Country Club facing the Shirley highway. The Arlington officials. Acting County Board Chairman F. Free land Chew, Planning Engineer C. L. Kinnier, Charles R. Fenwick and Chamber of Commerce Secretary Paul A. Hill, told Gen. Bradley yes I terday that they do not object to j construction of the veteran^’ hos pital in that county. They oppose | the site owned by Avin w. Nevius ! in Arlington, they explained, be i cause it is not suitable for hospital ! purposes and because plans are j under way for a $20,000,000 hotel ; on that property. The Arlington authorities said to ! day that any of the other suggested I sites in the county would meet the j Veterans’ Administration wish to | locate the new hospital within con ! venient driving distance of down town Washington. While Gen. Bradley is personally ; in favor of the Nevius tract., Vet erans' Administration officials said today that the actual selection Is no nearer than it was when the site controversy first developed. Montgomery Chest To Publicize Activities Launching an intensive informa tion campaign, the Montgomery County Community Chest and Council today announced it has re quested 160 organizations in the county to give it an opportunity to present reports of the work of the chest and its 13 member agencies. Edward W. Stock, jr„ chairman of the Public Relations Committee, said civic and fraternal organiza tions, women's clubs, political clubs, and veterans’, religious and social groups have all been asked to par ticipate in the campaign. The Chest has a bureau of trained speakers who wall lead panel discus Isions on such topics as: "Broken lives and Broken Homes." "Is Wom en’s Employment Responsible for Juvenile Delinquency?” and "Is To day the,Tomorrow We Fought For?’’ Other speakers will direct forum discussions on the ways in which community planning can make for a better life in Montgomery County. Youth organizations, the Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H Clubs, YMCA and others are now preparing "pack aged shows” which wTill give a graphic picture of the aims and ac tivities made possible by community support of the community chest. Admiral Davis Will Direct Chest Drive in Naval Units Rear Admiral Glenn B. Davis, commandant of the Potomac River Naval Command, will head the Community Chest Federation drive IUI LUilll lUul’lUUo r from employes of the naval command, Ed- . ward H. Foley, jr., chairman of the Government Unit, announced today. Admiral Davis came to Wash ington in Janu ary as superin tendent of the Naval Gun Fac tory and was given the Po tomac command Admiral Darin. in April. He served in the pacific during the war and won the Navy Cross while in command of the bat tleship Washington in action at Guadalcanal on November 14, 1942. Later he was in command of Battle ship Division 8 in attacks on Saipan and Tinian. He is a native of Nor walk, Ohio. The 1947 Community Chest Fund drive begins October 22. The goal is $4,200,000. Suspect Held in $10,000 On Mann Act Charge Arrested on a Mann Act violation charge, George A. Clainos, 29, of the 1100 block of Fourteenth street N.W.. was at liberty in $10,000 bail today for appearance August 30 before United States Commissioner Needham C. Turnage. Police sxid he was arrested on complaint of a 26-year-old North Carolina woman, the widow of a man killed in the military service, who said she had been forced by Clainos to come to Washington sev eral times in recent months. When she returned to North Carolina recently he brought her back here August 13, according to police, who said she appeared at police headquarters a few days ago with a fractured jaw and other in juries. Clainos was taken into custody by Lt. Roy Blake and several mem bers of the vice squad and an FBI agent yesterday at Third and D streets N.E. He was arraigned before the commissioner and pro vided bail.