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Four Babies Die,
22 Others III in
Diarrhea Wave
Health Department
Closes Wards at
Freedmen's Hospital
A diarrhea epidemic fatal to four
babies within the last 10 days and
infecting 22 others at Freedmen’s
Hospital was blamed today on over
crowding and an inadequate number
of nurses.
The hospital's maternity and
nursery’ wards have been closed to
new patients, pending a conference
with Health Department officials to
map a plan of action.
Although the disease in epidemic
form is not rare in hospitals, it
often can be traced to inadequacy
of facilities and hot weather. Hos-j
pital and Health Department offi-!
rials cited the outbreak as a graphic
illustration of the critical shortage!
of facilities in the District.
Facilities Overcrowded.
“During the past month, we took1
more than 200 maternity cases, even;
though we have facilities for only!'
102,” said Dr. Arthur H. Simmons, j1
administrative medical officer at the j
hospital. He said the hospital was 5
reluctant to turn away cases, when :
women were demanding immediate l
attention, ai. when other hospitals
also were crowded.
The disease was first observed
about a month ago. It spread with i
such rapidity that now there are i
10 cases in the isolation W’ard, three 1
in the “normal” ward, two in the '
premature ward and seven in the 1
suspect ward. Four babies died;1
within the last 10 days, leading to:1
the Health Department's quarantine. <
Dr. Simmons said 20 of the hos- i
pital's legal limit of 88 nurses were i1
assigned to the obstetrics ward—a 8
a large proportionate number of the‘1
available nurses. f
vomrrence riannea.
A meeting was called by the
Health Department for 2:30 p.m.
today. Invited in addition to Freed
men's officials were those of Gal
linger Hospital, the District Medical
Society, the Medico-Chirugical So
ciety and the United States Public
Health Service.
The group will discuss not only
the current problem of diarrhea,
but explore the entire field of ob
stetrics as related to Gallinger and
Freedmens. What to do with the
excess of maternity patients who
create a health problem at both
hospitals is one of the puzzles for
which the group will seek a solu
Dr. Otis L. Anderson, chief of the
Public Health Sendee’s hospital
division, will attend the meeting.
Dr. Roland B. Scott, head of the
hospital pediatrics staff, said those
babies still in the hospital were be
ing sent home as quickly as possible.
No new cases were reported today,
supporting the belief the outbreak
has been halted.
At the height of the epidemic 101
days ago, the hospital had 80 babies
in wards suited for 54, Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott said the hospital here
after would be compelled to turn
away expectant mothers as a safe
guard against a new outbreak.
4 Quizzed in Holdups
Of Two High's Shops
Four suspects were being ques
tioned today by police in connection
with the holdups last night of two
High's Ice Cream shops by two
bandits who escaped in a stolen car
after obtaining a total of $31.
The men entered the first store
at 1000 Fourth street N.E., about
9:45 p.m., according to police, and
held up a woman employe, Miss
Myrtle Johnson, of the 1200 block
of C street N.E. The bandits
scooped up about $6 from the cash
register and escaped in the car.
Miss Johnson told police one of
the men was carrying a small auto
Less than an hour later, two men,
believed to be the same pair, held up
another store at 3170 Mount
Pleasant street N.W. This time, one
man waited in the car outside while
the other entered the store, police
As Miss Frances Parker, of the
first block of L street S.E., was
counting the day's receipts, the marf
w-ho entered the store said, “give
me that dough or I'll blow your
brains out.” she told police. He
then grabbed $25 and ran out to
the waiting car and both men made
their escape.
Police described both bandits as
between 20 and 25 years old, about
5 ffct. 7 inches tall and weighing
about 140 pounds.
v-linic for Paralytics
Will Open Here Oct. 1
A new clinic for paralytics, the
Kaiser-Kabat Institute for Neuro-;
muscular Rehabilitation, will open
October 1 in the apartment build
ing at 2633 Sixteenth street N.W.,'
it was announced yesterday by Dr!;
Herman Kabat.
The equipment of the clinic and'
the purchase of the building to be
used for that purpose have been1
financed by Henry J. Kaiser, the
industrialist, it was said. Dr. Ka
bat successfully treated Mr. Kaiser's
son and has gained recognition for
his use of prostigmine, a drug em
ployed in cases of spastic paralysis.
The clinic will be large enough to
care for loo patients in the first
year. Dr. Kabat will be assisted by
a full staff.
Army Band to Dedicate
Concert to War Dead
A concert dedicated to America’s
war dead will be presented at 8:30
o'clock tonight by the Army Air
Forces Band at the Water Gate.
Maj. George S. Howard will direct
the 100-piece band. Featured soloist
will be T/Sergt. Abrasha Robofsky.
Car Insurance Rates Go Up
BALTIMORE, Aug. 30 </P).—in
creases in automobile insurance
rates averaging 10 per cent on body
injury policies and 29 per cent on
property damage liability have been
approved by the State insurance
commissioner, effective September
1. Commissioner Lawrence Ensor
Click-Up, Firemen's Mascot,
j Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver
Click-Up, firemen’s mascot who was killed today, is shown
at the wheel of a fire truck..
Click-Up, the Dalmatian mascot
of Engine Company 28 and Truck
Company 14, who had been taught
to be careful of traffic, was killed
by a hit-and-run driver this morn
ing as she ran across the street to
greet a newsboy friend in front of
the station at Connecticut avenue
and Porter street N.W.
The spotted coach dog was sitting
in the station doorway when the
newsboy whistled to her from
across Connecticut avenue. She
started for him, then hesitated, re
membering the spankings adminis
tered by firemen friends for ignor- j
ing the stream of traffic. She sat
down on the sidewalk and thought;
it over, according to the newsboy,;
|who was unidentified. She finally!
started across the street and a ve
hicle—the boy couldn’t tell if it was;
a car or a taxicab—came on. with |
plenty of room to spare. It struck!
the dog. killing it instantly, and sped j
on, the boy related.
“That driver could easily have |
avoided killing her,” he said bitterly.
Tile 6-month-old dog will be
turned over to a friend for burial,
firemen said, as they looked sadly
at the empty pillow' on the running
board of the truck where Click-Up
She belonged to Capt. Elmer
Stein, commanding ttye truck, and
went on all calls, barking wildly
as the large vehicle sped from the
station. Her special attendant, Pvt.
R. E. Gleasonregularly fed her
food bought by the station per
sonnel and friendly neighbors.
A friend gave the dog to Capt.
Stein when she was small enough
to carry in his pocket. She crawled
into a fireman's helmet and had
a good sleep while the man decided
what to call her.
Suddenly the preliminary click of
an alarm—known as the click-up—
was heard. As the firemen ran
ior the truck and engine, one cried,
'That's what we'll call her—
CPA Checks Reports
Of Illegal Construction
At La Fontaine's Place
Civilian Production Administra
tion officials said today they ex
pected to complete an investigation
by nightfall on reports of unauthor
ized construction in a chicken yard
at Jimmy La Fontaine's gambling
place just over the District line on
Bladensburg road.
Edward M. Synan, Washington
area construction manager, said his
office had received no application
for any construction on the prop
erty. He pointed out property own
ers can spend up to $400 for altera
tions and repairs on any dwelling
without prior authorization.
Similiarly, if it - is a commercial
enterprise, up to $1,000 can be ex
pended without permission from
CPA, he said.
Alfred J. Verhunce, acting director
of CPA’s compliance division, said
he hoped to determine by the end
of the day whether a Government
stop-order should be issued.
A reporter on the scene observed
a new cement block structure about I
15 by 20 feet on the property and
two workmen employed on a steel
stairway leading from a third floor
of the main building to the court
yard below.
.Ip addition to some sheet metal
siding and steel steps, the reporter
noted a small quantity of lumber
near the small 1 'i-story structure, j
Workmen and caretakers about i
the place refused to discuss the
building activity.
Rosenberger to End
30-Year Power Work
George L. Rosenberger. electrical!
engineer with the Virginia Electric
& Power Co., will retire tomorrow
after more than 30 years’ association
with the electri-- i
cai development
of Northern Vir
Mr. Rosenber
ger observed his
68th birthday
Sunday and has
been with
VEPCO and its
p r e d e c e ssors
since 1924.
In 1922 as gen
eral superinten
dent of the for
mer Fairfax &
Loundon Light
QL rower OO., Mr. Mr. Kownberger.
Rosenberger built the first trans
mission line between Alexandria and
Leesburg, bringing electricity to
surrounding farm lands. He was1
superintendent of public utilities for
Manassas from 1914 to 1920 and
from 1920 to 1922 was superinten
dent *of the former Herndon Light
& Supply Co.
Bom in Culpeper County, he at- ;
tended Virginia public schools and :
the former Jeffersonton Academy
in his native county. Later he at
tended Bliss Electrical School and
now is an associate of the American
Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Krug to Be Speaker
At Mining Convention
Secretary of the Interior Krug
will be one of the principal speakers
at the three-day Metal Mining Con
vention and Exposition of the Amer
ican Mining Congress in Denver,
Colo., from September 9 to 12.
Other Government officials sched
uled to speak at the convention in-1
elude: Dr. W. E. Wrather, director
of the Geological Survey; Jesse L.
Maury of OPA; Karl L. Anderson
of the State Department; Col. Omer
O. Niergarth, of the Army and Navy
Munitions Board; Joel D. Wolfsohn
of the Interior Department, and
W. c. Broadgate, technical consul
tant of the Senate Small Business
Senators Murdock. Democrat, of
Utah; Johnson, Democrat, of Colo
rado. and Ball, Republican, of Min
nesota also are scheduled to attend.
Sima Court-Martial
Reconvenes Today to
Prepare Its Verdict
By the Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Aug. 30.—A seven
man court-martial reconvenes today
to prepare a verdict in the case of
Lt, William R. Sima, sr, suspended
Naval Academy band leader.
Lt. Sima is charged with perjury,
extortion, culpable inefficiency and
violating service regulations.
As the case was brought to a close
yepterday, the court heard Defense
Counsel Hilary Gans plead that Lt.
Sima’s band had been a credit to the
institution for many years.
Comdr. Joseph L. McGroary, in his
summation for the prosecution,
asked the court to convict Lt. Sima.
Claims Witnesses Perjured.
He stated, however, that the court
might find Lt. Sima guilty “in a
lesser degree than specified’’ on the
gambling, inefficiency and falsehood
The defense counsel contended
that two of the prosecution wit
neesses were "perjured.'
These he named as former Chief
Musician Donald O. Keeney, now
operating a music store in An
napolis. and Mrs. Agnes Ruth
Thompson. Annapolis hairdresser.
Keeney testied he loaned the band
leader $75 when he was in the serv
ice, and that he let Lt. Sima keep
the money in the hope of getting a
promotion. He said Lt. Sima con
sidered the debt “squared’’ after
Keeney was upgraded.
."sever Hearn or Money.
Lt. Sima testified he “never heard”
of the $75 Keeney mentioned.
Mrs. Thompson was one of six
persons present at an all-night
party in the quarters of Walter W.
Rollins, colored, former chief stew
ard of the North Severn Officers’
Club, on Fehruary 10. Charges
against Lt. Sima, his son, William R.
Sima, jr., and Rollins developed from
the party.
Mrs. Thompson had testified at
the court-martial of Sima, jr., that
there was no gambling or drinking
at the party. She later reversed
this testimony. *
Lt. Sima and his wife, and Sima,
jr., and his wife, all denied there
was drinking and gambling in Rol
lins’ room on the night in question.
Sima, jr., was tried and convicted
uf introducing his wife into the
quarters of a colored enlisted man.
His bad conduct charge was re
Rollins was convicted of adultery,
theft, gambling and drinking in his
quarters. He "was given a bad con
duct discharge and sentenced to two
years’ imprisonment.
Six Brazilian Engineers
To Inspect U. S. Methods
Six city planning and highway
:onstruction authorities from Brazil
lave arrived in Washington to begin
i three-month inspection of Amer
can engineering techniques and
jquipment, it was announced today
ly the Transportation Section of the
Institute of Inter-American Affairs,
i State Department agency.
Among them is Francisco Prestes
Maia, city engineer of Sao Paulo,
regarded as an outstanding Brazilian
authority on civic construction and
Col. M. E. Gilmore, chief of the
Fransportation Section, has arranged
for the group a tour of Washington
and New York, after which the
Brazilian engineers will tour the
Alexandria Man Injured
In Fall From Fire Escape
Emmett E. Tipton, 118 North:
Fairfax street, Alexandria, sufferedj
i possible fractured skull last night!
when he fell from the second floor
if a fire escape outside the Monti
:ello Hotel, Alexandria, landing on
-he concrete pavement about 16 feet
oelow, according to police.
He was taken to Alexandria Hos
pital, where his condition today was
iescribed as good. Police did not
earn the cause of the fall.
Chase Ends in
Driver's Arrest
Riverdale Motorist
Caught Here When
Tire Blows Out
A 23-year-old Riverdale (Md.)
man was arrested early today after
a chase which police said got up to
90 miles an hour between Carroll
avenue in Takoma Park and Grant
Circle, where it ended when a tire
on the fleeing car blew out.
Takoma Park Policeman John
Whiddon said the man, James P.
Hampson, was charged with speed
ing, passing three stop signs and
failing to change the address on
his driver’s permit. A Hearing was
to be held today in Silver Spring
Police Court.
Policeman Whiddon said he was
patrolling in his scout car when he1
noticed a man bent over the steer-!
ing wheel in a parked car at Car
roll and Lee avenues, Takoma Park.1
Man Drove Off.
As he turned to investigate, the
policeman said, the man drove off.
He said the car went through two
stop signs on Poplar avenue en route
to New Hampshire avenue, passed
another stop sign there and went
down New Hampshire avenue toward
the District at a 90-mile-an-hour
During the pursuit, Policeman
Whiddon said he radioed District
police, who arrived at Grant Circle
just after the fleeing car jumped
the curb, passed between two trees
with about an inch to spare and
came to a stop.
Policeman Whiddon said the
driver jumped out, with his hands
in the air, and cried, “You’ve got
The policeman said the car be-1
longed to Hampson's brother-in-law,
George F. Lincoln, also of Riverdale.
He added that Hampson had a
Washington permit and had failed!
to notify District authorities' when!
he moved to Riverdale.
Policeman Loses Permit.
Policeman Richard A. Pearson, 36,!
of 6128 Montrose road, Cheverly.l
Md„ a member of the Prince Georges
County force, will lose his driving
privileges in Washington as a result
of his arrest yesterday by District
police for exceeding 39 miles an
Police said the county officer was
arrested on Bladensburg road by
Policeman W. I. Williams of No. l2
precinct, and elected to forfeit $10
County police said Pearson also
was booked in Hyattsville for ex
ceeding 25 miles an hour and was
released on a personal summons.
District Traffic Director George E.
Keneipp said the length of the sus
pension of driving privileges here
will be determined by the Board of
Revocation and Restoration of Driv
ers’ Permits, He added that notice
of Pearson’s arrest and the board’s
action will be sent to the Maryland
Department of Vehicles.
Mr. Keneipp said that if the
county officer is seen driving in
Washington during the suspension
period “it will be the same as if he
were driving without a permit.”
Faces 19 Charges.
Meanwhile, Sergt. Donald E
Clark, 18, of the 4300 block of Ala-j
bama avenue S.E., was scheduled to i
appear in Traffic Court todav to:
face charges of 19 violations piled;
up during a chase Wednesday night
which* ended in a crash at Twelfth
street and Pennsylvania avenue S.E.
Police are still investigating the
possibility the car may have been
stolen. A 17-year-old youth, who
is said to have loaned the car to
Clark, is being held at the fifth
Police said the chase began at
Highway Bridge, continued past the
Capitol and ended when the auto
mobile skidded and crashed into
several trees and a Are hydrant.
Three other persons who were in
the car with Clark have been re
leased, police said.
Clark was charged with passing
13 red lights, driving on the wrong
side of the street two times, passing
on the left side of a streetcar load
ing passengers, no driver’s permit,
unreasonable speed and leaving
after colliding.
Collateral Forfeited.
The driver of a private ambulance,
Robert S. Hutchins, 38.' of Owens,
Md., forfeited $50 collateral last
night on a charge of failing to yield
the right of way after his ambulance
had collided with a truck at Third
and Pennsylvania avenue N.W., po
lice reported. *
The patient in the ambulance, who
was being removed to Doctor’s Hos
pital from Maryland, was not in
jured, police said.
The driver of the truck was listed
as Howard O. Willis, 33, of Rich
mond, Va.
Hospital Births Set Record
Seventy babies were bom at the
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, in
July, it was announced today. This
establishes a record at the hos
PAINTED LANES FOR MEMORIAL BRIDGE—Interior Department workmen are shown yesterday
as they painted white lanes on the District approach to the Memorial Bridge, formerly devoid of
direction markers tp aid motorists. Arrow indicate? point where a Washington-bound bus tore
tiriPriUilithhHbridr raii1og 2£d crashed to the roadway 28 feet below after an automobile had col
lided with it on August 2. The crash injured 44 persons, one of them fatally.—Star Staff Photo
Mrs. Keleher, 700 Today, Lives
In Present as Well as Past
'_ _
Kin, Friends Fete
Retired U. S. Worker
At Surprise Party
Mrs. • Frances Reynolds Keleher,
who is 100 years old today and re
tired nearly 30 years ago from a
Qpvemment job because of "old
age,” believes that living a century
is all right if you can remember the
past and, at the same time, know
what is going on in the present.
Her memory is exact and her in
terest in the modern world remains
keen. She has been in Washington
since 1885. worked for the old Pen
sion Office for 33 years and now
stays at the Kendall House Sana
torium. 1523 Ogden street N.W.
Her room holds newspapers, mag
azines, books and correspondence.
She not only writes frequent let
ters, but she still composes verses,
especially for greeting cards to
friends. .
Apologizes for Glasses!
Mrs. Keleher apologizes for using
glasses when she reads and for
referring occasionally to a bulky
scrapbook to find a specihc date of
some event in a life that began
August 30. 1846, in President Martin
Van Buren’s home town of Kinder
hook, N. Y.
She voices positive opinions on
such sensitive subjects as Russia
and the Washington climate. In
her "later years,” she says, damp
winters have bothered her. She
never expects to grow accustomed
to the humidity after more than
50 summers in these surroundings.
But she finds Washington’s spring
and autumn “ideal.”
Soviet Russia, in her opinion, is
less than ideal at the moment.
She reads the papers daily and
tries to keep up with international
events. Yet, as in the case of many
far younger, she frankly doesn’t
know what Russia is up to.
Pioneer American Family.
Mrs. Keleher is not one to live in
the past, but she draws readily on a
remarkable memory of happenings
before the,Civil War. She also tells:
how her ancestors came to the col-'
Dnies and settled in Boston and near
Albany. Some of them ran the
blockade for the colonies during the!
Revolution. One of them owned the
Boston house in which young Ben
iamin Franklin lived. Another com
manded the historic ship Hornet
Having lived through the Mexi
can, Civil, Spanish-American and
two world wars, many of her sharp
est recollections are of the effect of
war on families as well as nations.
3he admits she encouraged an 18
year-old brother to enlist for the
Civil War and adds, “I would have
enlisted myself if I hadn’t been a
jirl.” Her two brothers came
through the war unscathed. The
naif she married in 1866 died six
years later, principally as a result
if earlier hardships he had suffered
while serving with the Union Army
in Tennessee.
Before she was 27, she lost her
husband and two infants. She
taught school in Illinois for about
12 years and then went to Phila
delphia to “write book reviews and
circulars’’ for a publishing company.
There she met and ultimately mar
ried Preston Howell Keleher, who
died many years ago.
She came to Washington, where
one of tier brothers lived. Her only
near relative now is a daughter, Miss
Edith D. Keleher of 118 Eleventh
street S.E., a teacher at Blow
School, Nineteenth street and Ben
ding road N.E. She has several
lephews and nieces in upper New
Fork State and New England.
One of her great regrets is that
she never saw Abraham Lincoln.
She moved to Illinois a year after
lis death. “I liked the people of
Illinois so well that I always felt I
tnew Lincoln whose Springfield
lome was close to the towns where
[ lived,” she said.
Of all the Presidents she has seen
come and go, Mrs. Keleher speaks
most fondly of Theodore Roosevelt.
She said that as a Government em
iloye about the time of Spanish
Boy, 13, Confesses to Thefts
Not Listed on Police Records
A 13-year-old colored boy who
escaped for a few minutes yesterday
from .the second precinct while be
ing questioned has laid claim to
more purse snatching and pocket
picking than the police are aware
Capt. Clyde N, Strange, precinct
commanding officer, said today the
boy was being held at the Receiving
Home until police were able to check
into the many jobs he said he had
The boy was arrested yesterday at
the market at Fifth and K streets
N.W. after police said he had picked
up a purse belonging to Blanche
Kohne, 500 block of Masachusetts'
avenue N.W.
At the station house, be was be
ing questioned in a back room on
the first floor when he pushed the
screen out of a window and jumped
into the street, Capt. Strange said.
J. D. Loughran and Charles Burns,
precinct detectives, followed on foot
and finally caught him at Tenth and
K streets N.W.
Capt. Strange said the boy had
boasted of taking a wallet containing
1200 from a man on a Fourteenth
street streetcar. Other jobs to which
he laid claim, according to Capt.
Strange, included: $200 picked from
the pooket of a man at a grocery
store; two $100 hauls in a grocery
store and a drug store on Seventh
street N.W.: $64 from three different
pockets at Griffith Stadium, and $65
from a bowler at a bowling alley.
In response to police questions as
to how he got around so much, Capt.
Strange said the boy answered, “I’ve,
got a bicycle.”
The boy specialized in picking up
purses and packages which shoppers
laid down momentarily,Capt.Strange
said. One method the boy claimed
was “very satisfactory" was to reach
into a woman shopper’s open purse
as she was paying her bill and take
the money, according to Capt.
Police records sftow the boy com
pleted a term recently at the Blue
Plains Industrial School for picking
As she finishes her first cen
tury. —Star Staff Photo.
American War. she had been fasci
nated and a bit frightened by car
toons depicting "Teddy in action.”
She recalled, however, that "he
really was much more handsome
than his pictures.”
His photograph is in her scrap
book, as is a contemporary picture
of Lincoln. She also has a photo
graph and personal letter from'
Stephen Leacock replying to “your
very witty letter.”
Sometimes Lonely.
Mrs. Kelcher remarked that her
first 100 £ears have had more than
their share of personal misfortune.
In recent months, she had two
illnesses but otherwise is in com
paratively good health. Some days
she feels tired and cold and “a bit
But she has many friends and
many of these arranged a birth
day party for her today. Some of
her relatives from Providence, R. I.,
Yonkers, N. Y., and elsewhere were
here for the surprise celebration.
“I have a lot to be thankful for
as long as I can read and write,”
she said. “You know, I’ve always
been interested in newspapers. In;
fact, I've been subscribing to thei
Star for more than 55 years.”
2 Vice Ring Suspects
Held for Grand Jury !
Two men described by police as ,
members of a vice ring which has
been operating here in taxicabs ;
were held for the grand jury today j
and the cases of four others were •
continued to September 19 by United i
States Commissioner Needham C.
The two, Wilbur Lee Walker, col
ored, 29, of the 1900 block of Fif- .
teenth street N.W., charged with •
pandering and a Mann Act viola- I
tion, and William M. Douglas, col- •
ored, 23, of the 2000 block of N street
N.W., charged with pandering, :
waived preliminary hearing and
pleaded not guilty.
The others, held on pandering
charges, are George Tiantafillos, 29,
of the 3300 block of Alden place
NX; Leroy Nelson, colored, 26, of I
the 4900 block of Nash place N.E.;
Grady Brooks, colored, 33, of the
500 block of Kenyon street N.W., 1
and John Thomas Foggie, 33, col- •
ored, of the 400 block of School 1
street S.W. ]
In another case, the commissioner '
also continued hearing on a Mann 1
Act charge against George A. Clai
nos. 29, of the 1100 block of Four- i
teenth street N.W., to September 3. 1
Clainos was reported ill and the '
26-year-old woman complainant is 1
In a hospital, recovering from a
oeating alegedly inflicted by Clainos. <
Police said Clainos brought the 1
woman here from North Carolina 1
August 13, and she appeared at '
police headquarters a few days later 1
with a fractured jaw and other i
injuries. Clainos was arrested Au- '
gust 20. He is free under $10,000 1
bond. 1
New Red Cross Director 1
Named for District Unit
Alfred L. Schafer, recently execu
tive director of the Southeastern *
Pennsylvania Chapter In Philadel- 1
phia, has been named to direct the 1
American Red Cross convention of- (
Bee In Washington, it was an- *
nounced today.
A native of Ortonville, Minn., Mr. 1
Schafer has been with the Red 1
Cross since 1919. }
Polish Center Appeals 1
For Yule Food Boxes
A plea for Christmas boxes of |
food and clothing for Polish relief
was issued yesterday by the Polish
War Relief Center of Washington. *
The center reported that the ap- 1
aroach of winter has made the c
Polish plight more serious, and that
hundreds of letters of appeal have l
aeen received from families in that i
:ountry. 1
D. C. Jail Discontinues
Use of Death House
To Insure Security
The death house cell-block In
the once escape-ridden District Jail
is no longer in use, Donald Clem
mer, director of the new District
Department of Correction, revealed
today, explaining that prisoners
facing execution are being detained
elsewhere in the jjail primarily in
the interest of security.
Mr. Clemmer said the death house
had been vacant since early tn
June, but he requested that the
present place of detention of five
prisoners now awaiting execution be
kept secret.
Among those scheduled to die is
Joseph D. Medley, convicted mur
derer, whose escape from the death
house early in April climaxed a
series of jail breaks and touched
off a Congressional investigation
which led to sweeping reforms.
Earl McFarland, who escaped with
Medley, has since been executed.
Custodial Force Inadequate.
Mr. Clemmer "whose appointment
is corretions superintendent fol
lowed the drastic shakeup of District
penal institutions, said the con
demned men were removed from
the death house primarily because
3f an inadequate custodial force
it the time.
Although more than 50 new guards
have since been added to the jail
force, with the elimination of "only
about three” of the original staff,
he said, it still is considered safer
to keep the condemned prisoners
Anoiner reason ior tne transfer,
Mr. Clemmer said, is the fact that
the death house is situated over a
recent addition to the jail which
is devoted primarily to its hospital
He revealed that future plans call
for use of at least a part of the
death house as a. ward for insane
Permits Reduction in Guards.
He also said that by moving the
condemned prisoners to other quar
ters, the jail had been able to
reduce from six to three the num
ser of guards in each 24-hour period,
rhe new system also simplifies the
process of feeding, Mr. Clemmer
said. With the death house far
removed from the jail kitchen, he
•xplained, it was necessary to carry
food to them over an excessive
Mr. Clemmer's announcement re
tarding the evacuation of the death
louse came after a tour of the jail
or newsmen and five captains of
he Chinese Nationalist government
jolice force. Far-reaching plant
ind personnel improvements begun
ast May under the regime of Fed
;ral Warden J. Ellis Overlade,
‘loaned” to the District from the
federal penal system, were demon
itrated to the visitors for the first
ime. The party was conducted
ibout the jail by its new superin
tendent, Col. Curtis Reid.
Heading the Chinese delegation,
vhich has been in this country
iince May under arrangements
nade by the State Department and
jeneralissimo Chiang Kai-shek,
vas Capt. Tang Dah-wey. Also
jresent wert Capts. Li Chi-chung,
iVu Li-chuen, Yang Chi-wha, Fong
iVan-yau and Lu Shui-tau.
Senate unit Delays Probe
3f Inter-American Highway
The Senate War Investigating
Committees subcommittee on the
nter-American highway will open
learings on the highway project at
jOS Angeles next Thesday instead
if tomorrow as had been planned
iriginally, it was announced today.
Committee headquarters here an
lounced that the subcommittee had
>een delayed in its inspection of
'arious portions of the highway in
Central America and Mexico.
Witnesses at the hearings will in
lude representatives of the Armv
engineer Corps, road contractors
md equipment lessors. They will
le heard by Senator Mitchell,
Cemocrat, of Washington, subcom
nittee chairman; Senator Ferguson,
lepublican, of Michigan, and Sen
ior Knowland, Republican, of Cali
3rocer Faces Jury Trial
In Sugar Coupon Dealing
William Pames, 5213 Thirteenth
treet N.W., a grocer at the O street
darket, pleaded not guilty today in
dunicipal Court to District OPA
harges of dealing in illegal sugar
A jury trial was scheduled for
November 4 by Judge Ellen K.
taedy. Pames is free on $3,000
ond. He is charged with deposit
lg in a bank invalidated coupons
or 7,650 pounds of sugar.
lunior Police to Hold
:inal Cruise Wednesday
The final Potomac River cruise of
he Junior Police and Citizens’
lorps will start at 2 pun. Wednes
ay from the Seventh street wharf.
Dancing and entertainment have
een aranged for the trip. Tickets
nay be purchased at the corps
leadquarters, 720 Barry place WX
Few Dismissals
Of D. C. Workers
Planned by Navy
Only 4,204 Employes
In U. S. to Be Fired
Under Economy Rule
Unlike the drastic personnel re
ductions by the War Department,
the Navy Department today re
vealed there will be virtually no
further dismissals among Its 15,819
classified workers here.
It was announced that by October
1 the Navy Department will cut its
civilian payroll from 433.000 em
ployes to 428,796—a reduction of
only 4,204. Most of the employes to
be released, however, will be in Navy
Yards and stations throughout the
country, it was said. The War De
partment yesterday announced heavy
personnel reductions by October 1,
with 53.000 employes throughout the
: country, of whom 5,075 are in Wash
! mgton, slated for release by Oc
tober 1.
* Navy spokesmen said the situa
I tion for their Washington employes
is bright.
I "As far as we can foresee, there •
will be practically no more firing
among these classified employes,”
ian official said.
ovxuc dismissals scneouieo.
An additional 19,000 workers art
| employed by the Navy In the Wash
ington area, including the Navy
Yard, in noncjassifled mechanical
positions. There will be some indi
vidual dismissals among this group,
but the figure won't be high, offi
cials predicted.
The Navy said it already has cut
its classified payroll to within 20.000
employes of the July 1. 1947, ceil
ing set up by the 1946 Pay Act.
Practically all of the 20,000 to be
discharged within the next 10
months will be those stationed out
side Washington, since the reduc
tion in force quota here has been
met, it was said.
The second largest Federal em
i ployer in Washington, the Navy De
partment fared much better than
the War Department, the largest
i employer here, in personnel cuts
| scheduled by October 1. Navy of
i ftcials said this was due to compli
I ance with the quarterly personnel
' ceilings set up by the Budget Bu
reau, consequently eliminating an
excess number of employes.
Adjutant General Issues Notices.
By July 1, 1947, the Navy Depart
ment must be down to 100.000 classi
fied employes. The reductions in
nonclassified employes still is to
be determined by the Budget
! Bureau.
Meanwhile, the Adjutant Gen
eral's Office has issued 30-day dis
- missal notices to 2,026 of its Wash
ington employes, being the first War
'Department agency, it was said to
.day, actually to carry out the econ
!omy order.
The civilian staff of the Adjutant
General s Office, which yesterday
numbered 6,645 as against 6,634 on
July 31, will be reduced to a ceiling
of 4,619 within a month.
Traffic Offender Given
160 Days, $300 Fine
Willie Q. Pulley, 36, colored, of the
11400 block of Tenth street N.W.,
| today w'as sentenced by Judge Au
brey Fennell in Traffic Court to a
total of 60 days in jail and $300 in
fines or an additional 90 days whea
he pleaded guilty to charges of
j driving while drunk and having no "
Police said Pulley is awaiting
grand jury action on a charge of
unauthorized use of the truck he
j was driving at the time of his ar
;rest August 22. The truck is listed
as the property of the Washington
Spring Works Co.
Policeman A. B. Nicholson of the
Traffic Division said Pulley struck
a car, driven by Kenneth P. Gregg,
Hartford, Conn., at Massachusetts
avenue and Macomb street N.W.
The officer said the truck skidded
92 feet, went 35 feet across the side
walk, struck a tree and then rolled
down a 45-feet embankment. The
truck, the officer said, is a total loss.
Rev. Ivancho Named Bishop
Appointment of the Rev. Daniel
j Ivancho, pastor of St. Mary's Greek
! Catholic Church, Cleveland, to be
■ Bishop of Europus and co-adjutor
| bishop to the Most Rev. Basil
Takach, Bishop of the Pittsburgh
Greek Catholic Rite diocese, was
announced yesterday by Archbishop
Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, apos
tolic delegate to the United States.
| Only One Try j
Another in a series of jogs for
lagging memories regarding Dis
trict traffic laws.
' ..I
Driver of car A spots old college
chum, B, on sidewalk of far side of
the street, is overcome with sudden
desire to shake old chum by the
hand. Traffic being heavy in both
directions, motorist backs half-way
down block, hails his friend, then
makes a U-turn and begins conver
sation. What should motorist have
1. Made U-turn through traffic
without backing up?
2. Gone around the block and
caught old chum that way?
3. Turned on headlights to warn
other motorists he intended to make
4. Waited until traffic volume died
down and made U-turn in safety
without interfering with traffic?
Either answer 2 or answer 4 would
be in line with Section 35, District
traffic and motor vehicle regula
tions, which states: “No driver of
any vehicle shall turn vehicle so as
to proceed in the opposite direction
unless such movement can be made
in safety, without backing, and
without interfering with traffic.*

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