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SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS WASHINGTON NEWS WASHINGTON, D. C. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1946. - - - - - --\ I --. . . " ' ' "■ 11 ' ' "" ' " " "1 " 1 " 1,1 11 —1 . 111 "— i ■ ■■ ■■ ■■■ m i —>mm hi ■ ■■■ m !■ .. " 111 Bradley Ruling Asked on Nevius Hospital Site Bennett Wants Data On Conferences With Planning Commission A clear-cut statement from Vet erans’ Administrator Bradley on the Nevius tract as site of the new Washington veterans’ hospital was to be sought today to clear the way for action by the Federal Board of Hospitalization tomorrow. B. Frank Bennett, director of the Hospitalization Board staff, said he would ask Gen. Bradley to report on the results of conferences with the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Despite reports that the commis sion and the veterans’ agency were unable to agree on restrictions in constructing a hospital at the Ar lington County site, Mr. Bennett said so far as he knew the confer ences had been amicable. Bradley View Sought. Mr. Bennett said Gen. Bradley would be asked to state specifically what restrictions he would agree to if the hospital was put on the Nevius tract. The Park and Planning Commis sion, Mr. Bennett said, probably would agree to the site but would advise certain restrictions as to height and building materials. While the commission has no veto power, he said, it is desirable that Its recommendations be followed. Gen. Bradley, he added, will have to decide whether the restrictions would add so much to the 006t of construction and operating the hos pital as to be prohibitive. Height an Issne. He said the commission had been talking in terms of a low building— not over six stories. VA engineers, on the other hand, have been talk ing about a taller building, in line with the standard architecture of veterans’ hospitals elsewhere, Mr. Bennett explained. The Park and Planning Commis-i sion has made it clear it wants the hospital "to be inconspicuous” and not to strike a discordant note be hind the Lincoln Memorial. To insure an inconspicuous de sign, the Park and Planning Com mission wants the architect to be approved by the Fine Arts Commis sion before his appointment, Mr. Bennett said. The veterans’ agency customarily leaves the choice of an architect to the chief of the Corps of Engineers. "There's nothing controversial in this,” Mr. Bennett said. "It’s just a question of whether the Veterans’ Administration can see its way clear to acceding to the recommenda tions of the Park and Planning Commission.” He said he hoped he would be able to get a report today so the board can review it at Its meeting tomorrow. -- Wallace Back in Capital After Visit in Mexico ty th» Auocietad Prt» Secretary of Commerce Wallace returned by plane to the Capital to day after a nine-day visit in Mexico. Before his departure from Mexico City with Mrs. Wallace and his sec retary, Mr. Wallace said he had had an opportunity to see all aspects of Mexican national life, “thanks to the whole-hearted co-operation of the Mexican people.” Mexican agricultural production, Mr. Wallace said, could be increased "if there also can be made available large quantities of fertilizer, rich in nitrogen and rich in phosphorus at reasonable cost.” Additional fer tilizer, he added, would make it "possible to double the wheat and com crops of Mexico in 10 years.” "During the past six years much has been accomplished which will serve as a base for progress during the next six years.” Potomac Yards to Show Radio Control System A demonstration of its radio com munication system will be made by the Potomac Yards Wednesday, C. E. McCarty, manager, announced to day. Marking the end of a period of tests, the very-high-frequency radio system will be shown linking all ma jor control points of the yards, one of the largest railway classification centers in the world. The demon stration will include operation of mobile radiotelephones in locomotive cabs and a remote control system enabling train crewmen on the ground to maintain contact with control points. More than 100 railroad executives, members of the Federal Communi cations Commission, Army trans portations officers and civic leaders are expected to attend. Nothing tells the story of our country's strength better than the sight of children at school. Multiply the scene you will witness this month by thousands. Backing up the dreams and hopes of millions of youngsters and their parents for a sound future must be reality. A few dollars saved regularly every pay day and Invested in U. S. Sav ings Bonds have the power to pro vide education, business opportunity, travel, better housing, health, or any other vital asset you want for your children. V. a. TrtMorr Dapsrtmmt BEATING THE SCHOOL BELL—Robert Pennell, 9, of 5401 Chesapeake road, Bladensburg, had to run to get to the Bladens burg Elementary School on time, —Star Staff Photo. Six Persons Indicted By District Grand Jury On Numbers Charges Six persons were indicted today on gambling charges involving the so called “numbers" game, two of them allegedly having operated around Soldiers Home. Harry J. Weil, 63, said to be a resident of Soldiers Home, was charged with promoting a lottery, selling chances on numbers and ille gal possession of numbers slips. Weil was arrested, police reported, after he had been seen passing a package to Leroy M. Boswell, 42, of Cheverly, Md., who had driven an automobile into the Soldiers Home grounds. Boswell, in turn, was in dicted on charges of promoting a lottery and illegal possession of numbers slips. Four others named on gambling charges, all colored, were listed as Mamie McDaniels, 32, of the 3300 block of Georgia avenue N.W.; Ar thur Beard, 38. of the 1000 block of Eighth street N.W.; Evelyn M. Tay lor. 31, of the 400 block of L street N.W., and Roger B. Wesley, 48, of the 1700 block of L street N.W., each of whom was accused of promoting a lottery selling numbers chances and illegal possession of nunaUers sUMi Woman Accused. Ella M. Cooper, 60, of' the 1000 block of Seventh street N.W., was indicted on Mann Act, pandering and narcotic charges. The Mann Act charges aocuse her of transporting one woman from the Seventh street residence to a hotel and from the District to Maryland for the purpose of prosti tution. She also is accused of trans porting a second woman from the Seventh street address to a hotel. The pandering charges accuse her of receiving sums of money rang ing from $4 to $50 for causing and arranging for women to engage in prostitution. A narcotic charge was lodged against her, as a result of a quantity of narcotic tablets al legedly having been seized when police entered her home. Also named on a narcotic charge was Jane M. G. Jacobs, 53, of the 900 block of I street N.W., from whom law enforcement officers al legedly seized 15 narcotic tablets. 28 Indictments Returned. The indictments were among 28 returned by the grand jury before Justice Jennings Bailey of District Court. The cases were presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney John J. O’Leary. Chauncey W. Witt. Jr., 26. colored, of the 3700 block of Hayes street N.E., was charged with dealing in marihuana in violation of the law. Anna E. Heavrin, 62, of the 1100 block of Twenty-fifth street N.W., was charged with grand larceny of $60 which a woman allegedly de posited with her for advance rent on an apartment and for i^e of utilities. The complainant was quoted by police as stating that the defendant denied having even seen her when she returned with her fiance to inspect the apartment. Charles H. Plummer, jr., 20, col ored, of the 1900 block of Capitol avenue N.E. and Joseph L. Ham mond, 20, colored, of the 1100 block of Sixteenth street N.E., were in dicted jointly on one charge of housebreaking and larceny and two housebreaking charges. Theft of Radios Charged. One indictment accuses them of taking five radios, $25 in cash, a fountain pen and cigarettes from a store in the 1400 block of H street N.E. Plummer, police reported, was captured by a watchman after breaking into a laundry in the 1000 block of Bladensburg road N.E Hammond was arrested at home, police said. The grand Jury ignored a charge involving Alfred L. Smith, 30, col ored, of the 1500 block of Tenth street N.W., in the fatal shooting last May of Raymond Jones, 41, colored, of the 1700 block of Swann street N.W. Jones allegedly was shot during an altercation. Smith was exonerated through the grand jury ignoring the case. The grand Jury also ignored gam bling charges against Verna R. Hayes, 32. of the 1400 block of R street N.W.. and Wellington L Jones, 61, colored, of the 100 block of Pierce court N.W. Navy Veteran Appointed WARL Chief Engineer Lamar A. Newcomb, former Navy lieutenant and former engineer at an Atlanta radio station, has been appointed chief engineer of station WARL, Arlington, which is to open soon, it was announced today by E. Kilboume Costell, general manager. Mr. Newcomb will supervise set ting up the transmission tower at Bailey's Crossroads and completing the studioa at 3102 Tenth road, north. Prince Georges Opens Schools, With 22,000 Enrollment Expected Prince Georges County public schools opened today with an en rollment expected to reach 22,000 when records are complete. Montgomery County schools open next Monday and the public schools in the District on September 23. The anticipated Prince Georges enrollment would be nearly 2,000 more than last year. Only incom plete figures were available this morning because of failure of all new jiupils to register last week, School Supt. Gardner Shugart said. School principals, most of them | in their shirt sleeves and perspir i ing, reported that some 25 per cent more pupils reported this morning | than registered last week. Greenbelt Schools Open. The Greenbelt schools, both ele mentary and high, opened in spite of reports last week that opening day would be delayed because of several cases of infantile paralysis i in the community this summer, i John Speicher, principal of the Greenbelt High School, estimated that last year’s enrollment of 350 probably would be exceeded*. At'the Bladensburg.Hfgh School, Paul Barnhart, principal, said that although ortly 560 pupils registered last week, close to 900 arrived be fore noon. Bladensburg Expects 500. Wilbur Hoopengardner, principal of the Bladensburg Elementary School, said that enrollment prob ably would be close to 500 pupils, 200 more than registered. Indications at the Hyattsville Ele mentary School this morning, how I ever, that its normal capacity of ! approximately 800 might not be reached, according to Mrs. Mary Petty, principal. Annual Increase 500. There has been an annual increase j of about 500 students in the county’s 98 public schools for the last 20 j years, Mr. Shugart said. I Faculties have been completed with the exception of about 10 po | sitions, mostly in the elementary . schools, he said. He expects to j have complete faculties at all i schools when housing facilities can be provided in communities affect ed. Applications for teaching posi tions exceeded available positions for the first time this year. Mr. Shugart indicated there has been little demand for veterans’ ; education, but plans will be ex | pended to meet the need if it develops. 184 Teaching Days. There will be 184 school days in the school year beginning today and ending June 19, 1947. Holidays in the schedule include October 18 when members of the faculties attend the State Teach ers’ Association meeting in Balti more; November 5, election day; November 11, Armistice Day; No vember 28-December 1, Thanksgiv ing; December 21-January 5, Christ mas and New Year Day; April 3-8, Easter, and May 30, Memorial Day. D. C. Lawyers to Entertain Hemisphere Colleagues Twelve distinguished lawyers from Central and South America and Canada will be honored at a dinner | and reception to be given September 19 at Hotel 2400 by the District, Federal and Women’s Bar Associa tions of the District. The guests of honor, all members of the Executive Committee of the i Inter-American Bar Association, will be in Washington to make plans for the next conference of the asso ciation at Lima, Peru, next April. Judge George D. Neilson of the Municipal Court is chairman of the committee arranging the dinner. Working with him are George Maurice Morris, former president of the American Bar Association; Wil liam R. Vallance of the State De partment, Francis W. Hill, jr., and Milton w. King, both former presi dents of the District Bar Associa tion; Wilbur L. Gray, Percy Russell, Wilber Baughman, Col. Heber Rice, Miss Helen Clagett, Hiss Carolyn Just and James Palmeh Signal Expert to Discuss Jap Electronic Devices Noel J. Granger, research analyst office of the chief signal officer, War Department, will discuss Japanes' electronic and optical equipment a' the meeting of the Institute of Radio Engineers at 8 p.m. tomorrow, at the Commerce Department Audi torium. The equipment discussed bv Mr. Granger will be available for in spection after the meeting, accord ing to Fred W. Albertson, chairman of the group Vote on Charter Asked by 10,041 In Montgomery Question of Board Would Be Submitted At Polls Next Fall The Montgomery County Board of Election Supervisors today re ceived a petition bearing 10,041 signatures calling for a referendum in November on the cre'ation of a charter board to prepare a proposed home rule plan. The petition, filed by the County Charter Committee calls for a vote on the question of establishing a live-member board to draft a charter for submission to the voters in 1948. The referendum would be held in connection with the regular November elections this year if the election supervisors determine the petition contains the minimum of 9,252 registered voters required. Among those from the Charter Committee who were in the delega tion at Rockville today were former Orphans Court Judge Thomas C. Kelly, Damestown, member of the board of directors; Mrs. Lawrence M. Vaughan, Bethesda, chairman of the field division in charge of pre paring the petition; Clarence N. Smith, chairman of a Silver Spring precinct; Col. Norman B. Ames, chariman of a Bethesda precinct; Mrs. Horace J. Nickels, of the Ex ecutive Committee of the Hied divis ion, and Mrs. John N. Wemer, ex ecutive secretary. Failed In 1944. If the petition is certified, It will be the first time since 1944 that Montgomery County voters cast bal lots on the home rule issue. In that year the question failed to carry by 1,618 votes out of a total of more than 30,000. The Charter Committee today issued a statement which declared the signatures represent “the efforts of a large corps of public-spirited, unpaid, voluntary workers who have labored untiringly in support of the charter program. Many of them sacrificed vacations to do this work in the public interest.” Their work, the committee as serted, revealed support for the charter movement has Increased since 1944 as many who opposed it then have said they would support a charter this year. A total of 85 per cent of those j approached signed the petitions in | the “average” community while in some areas the figure was 95 per cent, the committee said. Say They Feared Reprisals. Additional signatures are being! obtained and will be filed in a sup-1 plement to the main petition, it was stated. “A substantial number of citi-; zens, incluchng the. families of some county employes, .indicated that they favored the charter program, hut, beefca*e 6* fear «f reprisals by the county’ political machine in power, were unwilling to make their support public by supporting the petition,” the committee declared. "There was similar evidence in cer tain apartment houses operated by interests tied in with the county political machine of a fear that they would lose their apartments if their support of the charter be came publicly known.” „A petition will be circulated later to nominate five citizens selected by the Charter Committee for the proposed board. This latter peti tion must be filed at least 20 days before the November 5 election, the committee said. W. C. Herbert, Mayor Of Richmond, Dead ly th« Aitocietad Preti RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 9 —Rich mond’s Mayor, William Curtis Her bert, died yesterday after an extend ed illness, and the city was without an official head pending the election I by the City Council of a new Mayor. The unfinished term runs until 1948. Funeral services will be held at his home at 11 a. m. tomorrow. At least part of the blame for the mayor’s weakened physical condi tion was placed on his arduous war time activities as head of civilian defense activities with the city’s Department of Public Safety during the first two years of the war. He also headed the Selective Service setup in Richmond and was in charge of public transportation under wartime regulations. Born in Richmond, he attended public schools here and the Old Point Comfort College in Elizabeth City County. He served in the air service during the first World War. After the war, he became super intendent of the R. E. Lee Camp, Soldiers Home, and later manager for the Continental Baking Co. In March, 1940, he organized the Atlas 'Baking Co., of which he was vice president and manager at the time of his death. Volunteer Camp Show Talent Tests Tomorrow Auditions for those interested in performing in the fall-winter pro ductions of volunteer camp shows of the District Recreation Depart ment will be held at 7:30 p.m. to morrow at Thomson Center, Twelfth and L streets N.W. Director Gretchen Rickel said de mands for 250 shows per month cannot now be met and the unit is hard put to get 150 shows on the! road. She said that singers, dancers, hill-billy artists, ventriloquists, ma gicians, monologuists and accom panists are specially needed. "The renewal of the draft also wi1! increase the demand on the nteers,” she predicted, empha ng that hundreds of thousands servicemen and women in the i are as hungry as ever for en .a inmen t. ussey Tent to Meet The Ellen Spencer Mussey Tent, i Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will meet at 2019 Massa chusetts avenue N.W. on Septem ber 16 with Mrs. Laura Kane pre siding. Birthdays of June, July and August will be honored. The 44th anniversary of the tent will be ob served at the October 7 meeting. GRAND OPENING—Removing the barrier that closed East Executive avenue to traffic and pedes trians for nearly five years are (left to right): Inspector Arthur E. Miller, head of Metropolitan Police traffic division; District Traffic Director George Keneipp, James Maloney, acting chief of the Secret Service, and Frank A, Birgfeld, chief clerk of the Treasury. Traffic again rolls through East Executive avenue after the ceremonial opening at 10 a m. today. (Story on Page A-l.) —Star Staff Photos. Marshal Montgomery Due Here Tomorrow For Official Visit The War Department said today a plane bearing Field Marshal Vis count Montgomery on his official visit to Washington will arrive "at National Airport at 5:30 p.m. tO-> morrow. The Chipf of the British Imperial General Staff will be met by Gen. Eisenhower, Army Chief of Staff, who will head a delegation to greet the hero of El Alamein when he steps off the plane at the Air Transport Command terminal. Marshal Mont gomery will fly here from West Point, N. Y„ where he is scheduled to in spect the Cadet Corps. Among some of the high-ranking officers who served with or alongside Lord Montgomery in the European campaign to greet him on his arrival will be Gen. Omar Bradley and Lt. Gen. J. Lawton Collins. Gen. Brad ley, now veterans’ administrator, was one of the American Army com manders, while Gen. Collins com manded the 7th American Corps un der Marshal Montgomery during the Battle of the Bulge. As soon as the formalities at the airport are over Marshal Mont gomery will be whisked away to Fort Myer, where he will stay in the home of Gen. Eisenhower. Marshal Montgomery will hold a press conference at the Pentagon from 11:15 a.m. to noon Wednes day. The auditorium instead of the usual conference room will be used. At 9:15 a m. the same day he will place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cem etery. The Pentagon conference will be followed by a call cm President Truman at the White House and a luncheon at the Pentagon to be given by Secretary of War Patter son. t Gen. and Mrs. Eisenhower will entertain the marshal at a re ception in the early evening at Fort Myer. Lord Montgomery is visiting the United States expressly to inspect American troops in the field. He will leave Washington by plane Thursday for Fort Leavenworth. Kans., to observe the Command and Staff College. Virginia's Labor Policy Assailed at CIO Meeting ■y the Associated Press ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 9.—Dele gates to a flve-State district con ference of the CIO-United Steel Workers’ Union of America in its closing session yesterday adopted a resolution criticizing Virginia’s State labor policy and instructed its na tional union to seek full vacation rights for returning veterans. The resloution sharply criticized the bill, passed by the last legis lature, which prohibits State, county and municipal officials from nego tiating with labor unions as a mat ter of policy, charging that the law is contrary to the rights of organ ized labor under the National Labor Relations Act. Delegates also called on CIO lead ers to co-operate with OPA offi cials in their own localities toward strict enforcement of price and rent control regulations. The two-day conference was at tended by delegates from CIO USWA locals in Virginia, ^forth Carolina, South Carolina, Tennes see and Georgia. Three Killed as Train Strikes Car Near Easton ly the Aitociated Preil EASTON, Md., Sept. 9 —Lt. Paul Randall, commander of the Eastern Shore division of the State police, said a Pennsylvania Railroad train struck an automobile a mile north of Easton yesterday fatally injuring Oliver R. McNeal, 59, and his two grandsons, Thomas McNeal, 8, and Evans McNeal, 4. All wars from Easton. "\ Police Still Follow 'Leads' In Fatal Kemp Stabbing Inspector Robert J. Barrett, chief of detectives, today said his men1 still are working on “several good leads” in connection with the knife murder of James Anthony Kemp I eight days ago. The detective chief refused to say what the leads are or whether an .arrest is iflmtaent ^ . . ■ i Mr. Kemp, 34, a former sAfior'dm ployed at t&e JSaval Gun Facto® and father of two small daughter*, ; was stabbed to death at the in ! tersection of Thirty-seventh place and Thirty-seventh street S.E. at i about 1 a.m. September 1. Police have been unable to uncover sus ! pects or a motive in connection with the crime. Boy, 15, in Elks' Band Drowns in Patuxent While on Outing An outing by members of the I Washington Elks' Club Boys’ Band ended in tragedy yesterday when, Richard “Frank” Hintze, 15, of the I German Orphanage, 2300 Good Hope road SB., was drowned in the Patuxent River, apparently the vic tim of cramps. Police said Richard was in a row boat with four companions and was racing another boat when he de cided to go over the side to lighten the load of his boat. Officials in charge of the party said the youths had been served iced lemonade shortly before and warned not to enter the water. Richard hung on the side of the boat, witnesses said, when he ap parently was stricken with stomach cramps and, panic stricken, fought off rescue attempts by his com panions. For several years he had gone on the outing, held at the summer estate of Tom O’Connell, Washing ton restaurateur. He was a quarter-finalist in the annual Soap Box Derby held here this year and played the trombone in the band. The orphanage said Richard’s father was a former National Sym phony Orchestra member and died several years ago. His mother re married and lives near Fort Wash ington. Also surviving are two brothers, William, an Army sergeant recently returned from Okinawa, and Fred, now in the Marine Corps, and a married sister living in Flushing, Long Island. Virginian Is Electrocuted As Aerial Hits Power Line ly *h» Associated Press STRASBURG, Va., Sept. 9.— Carney Kimble, 42, employed at Signal Knob Farm here, was elec trocuted yesterday when the wires of a radio aerial on which he was working touched an electric power wire. His body was badly burned by the 3.600-volt current and he died in Winchester Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his widow and six children. Do You Know That Many mothers have thanked God for Children's Hospital, where their little children were loved as well as nursed back to health? Help Children’s Hospital reach Its goal in its new build ing fund drive. Amount needed_$1,300,000.00 Contributed to date.. 1,028,619.70 Received yesterday.. 131.00 Still t» be raised. 271*249.30 Please send contributions to Children’s Hospital, Thir teenth and V street* N.W. Two Motorcyclists Killed in Collision Near Thurmont, Md. Two motorcylists were killed near Thurmont, Md,, and five per sons were injured in a head-on ^automobile collision near Annapolis Mr. Wricht. yesterdays Dis trict police re ported no major traffic accidents within the city over the week end. Robert Gross Wright, 39. of the 4900 block of Twenty-sev enth street, Mount Rainier, said by police to have been the operator of the motorcycle, and h i s passenger, T-5 Edward Gustave Kleinkauf, jr„ 26, stationed at Fort Meade, were killed when the motorcycle collided with an automobile on Route 15 about a mile south of Thurmont, State Trooper William Houke re ported. Corpl. Kleinkauf and Mr. Wright: lived in the same Mount Rainier apartment. Mr. Wright’s body was sent to his sister’s home at Monmouth, Me. The driver of the car was un in j u r e d, the trooper added. The head-on crash which sent five persons to Annapolis Emer gency Hospital early yesterday occurred on De fense highway near Bartgis’ Mr. Kleinkauf ! Comer, according to hospital re ports. Joseph Pindell and John Henry Pindell, both colored of Gambrills, Md., were admitted to the hospital with multiple lacerations, and Emery Smith, Riva. Md„ suffering from a fractured jaw and other head injuries. Jonas Edelin, 19, Gambrills, and John Nevin, 21, of near Annapolis, were treated for minor Injuries and released. Campaign Plans Charted By McDonald Committee Plans for an Intensive campaign for Arch McDonald, Democratic candidate for Congress from the 6th Maryland district, were com pleted last night at the estate of Wash B. Williams at Pairland, Md. Mr. Williams, who is Mr. McDon ald's campaign manager, entertained more than 50 members of the Com- 1 mittee to Elect McDonald at his home, Gladwyll. Speakers predicted an overwhelm- i ing majority, saying Mr. McDonald J had the support of all Democratic 1 leaders in the five counties in his ( district. He is running against Representative Beall, Republican incumbent. ^ Among those who spoke were Mr. ( Williams, Rear Admiral William ) Brent Young, U. S. N„ retired, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Lacy Shaw, j chairman of the Democratic State j Central Committee of Montgomery County; P. Byrne Austin of Takoma t Park, Md., secretary to the late Rep- t resentative Byron, and James W. Gill of Silver Spring, Md., former chairman of the Montgomery Coun- l ty delegation in the State Legisla- t ture. \ — ■ -- c Virginia Teachers to Meet c I Members of District G of the Vir- c ginia Education Association will t meet October 12 at Winchester. The r district consists of eight counties c having approximately 1,200 teachers.'a Police Hunting, Holdup Man in I Silver Hill Area 3 All Available Cruised Used in Search Afte£l Liquor Store Robbery^ } District and Prince Georges Coun-, ty police searched through woods an(l blocked roads near Silver Hill. Md',' today in a radio-directed search for a youthful holdup man believed hiding in the vicinity. The search became a full-scale manhunt when all available Distrift police cruisers and park police were sent to the area. It got under way soon after th$ youth dropped into the Uncle Tom‘»' Liquor Store, 3300 Branch avenufC, Silver Hill, and robbed Mrs. May Brogan. 53, the proprietor’s wife, of $60 at the point of a gun. Describing himself to his victiiH as a former serviceman who had’ seen action in Italy, the youth first was believed surrounded by police in the woods near Branch avenue and the Bolling Field-Aidrews Field highway. Barn Found Empty. A while later he was reported a. mile southwest, toward Oxon Hill, on the farm of Henry Johnson. There police crept with drawn guns on a bam, ordered the fugitive to emerge, and found the place empty, i The search centered then near1 Branch ave. and Naylor road, in * Maryland, about a quarter-mile from the District line. The bandit was described as about, 22 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tali/ of alight build and dressed in khakfL' Army breeches, riding boots, and a ' checkered shirt. Chatting as he drank two bottles " of soda water, he told Mrs. Brogan ° he had entered the Army at the age., of 16 by informing authorities he . was older, and since had spent live years overseas. “Waiting for Friend." “He told me he was just trying to kill time waiting for his friend at the riding academy” (about 200 . yards away) Mrs. Brogan said/, "While he was drinking the second - bottle, he reached over with the comment that ‘this riding crop - tickles my leg,’ and came up with a gun in his hand.” Mrs. Brogan said the youth In sisted he would return the money in tomorrow's mail, since he only l wanted to borrow it to “buy some- . thing.” When the youth strolled away, Mrs. Brogan called police. As the hunt expanded, police surrounded the area, blocking side roads lead infl) fha Fund for Downs Family Passes $16,000 Mark' ""-- • More than $16,000 has toeeh counf--' , ed in the swelling fund' for FhS ; widow and four children of Police man Donald W. Downs, killed Au gust 31 by a hit-and-run driver, police reported today. Fellow policemen and sympathetic citizens continue to pour money into the fund which started immediately after the officer's death when fourth precinct comrades of Mr. Downs in augurated the fund. Checks and cash should be sent to Inspector Clement Cox at Police Headquarters for forwarding to Mrs. ’ Beulah Downs. The family was left with a rented home and only $35 in ' the' bank when Policeman Downs was fatally injured on Maine ave nue S.W. by the automobile at the i height of a wild chase. j North Ridge Citizens Protest Low Planes The North Ridge Citizens’ Associ ation, Alexandria, has appealed to the Civil Aeronautics Administra tion to put an end to low flying over the northwest section of the city. In a letter to the CAA, Rutcher Skagerberg, chairman of the asso ciation’s Transportation Committee, expressed the hope that some meth od of alleviating the condition can be found without seriously affecting air transportation. The group will hold its first fall meeting at 8 p.m., September 19, at the George Mason School, 2601 Cameron Mills road. | Only One Try j Another in a series of jogs for lagging memories regarding Dis trict traffic laws. Motorist in Car A is caught by red light and stops to wait until signal is green again. Pedestrians promptly enter crosswalk in front of Car A and a small group of them starts across street just as the light flashes green again. It is obvious that some one is going to get hurt if the law covering this contingency is not known and adhered to. What procedure should be followed:. 1. Pedestrians should return to the curb they just left to let auto mobile go ahead? 2. Automobile should permit all pedestrians who were already in crosswalk to complete their Journey to the other side? 3. Automobile should go ahead slowly, missing as many pedestrians as possible? 4. Automobile should race motor and blast on horn to hurry pedes trians? Answer 2 is correct. Section 8, District traffic and motor vehicle regulations, states: "At intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or by police officers, drivers of vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing or those who have started to cross the roadway on a green or ‘Go’ sig nal.” Other regulations prohibit in discriminate use of horn when no actual danger threatens.