Newspaper Page Text
_EJu"fa”1_ p)C fhntfiaij gtaf Washington News __ _* WASHINGTON, I). C., SEPTEMBER 15, 1946. • A^S' 30 D. C. Groups To Give Views At Tax Hearing Meeting Tomorrow Will Consider Plan To Raise $20,000,000 Washington civic organizations were priming their guns over the week end preparatory to turning them on the eight tax proposals of the Commissioners’ special tax committee at a public hearing to morrow at 10 a m. at the District Building. Some 30 organizations, led by tHe Board of Trade, are expected to propose their solutions to a city fiscal problem pointed up by the recent submission of departmental money requests for the coming fiscal year totaling nearly $136,000,000, ap proximately $59,000,000 above antici pated revenues under present taxes. The West Committee proposed seven taxes to feed the general fund and ft cent-a-gallon increase in the gasoline tax to aid the highway fund, providing a total of nearly $20,000,000 in additional city income. Seek Broader Income Tax. General fund taxes recommended included broadening the base of the present income tax to cover in comes earned here through elim ination of the domicile clause and other necessary changes; a sales tax. a 1-cent tax on each package of 20 cigarettes, a 5 per cent tax on the income of unincorporated businesses, doubling present liquor taxes, a 2 per cent tax on utility bills, and a 10 per cent tax on amusement tickets. General approval is expected on the income tax proposal with equally strong opposition to the sales tax heart of the program and due to provide $9,000,000 of the total. Thea ter and liquor industry spokesmen are expected to attack the proposed levies on their businesses. Little ob jection is seen to the gasoline tax increase. Meanwhile the gasoline tax in crease was given powerful support last night when it received the un equivocal approval of Chairman McMillan of the House District Committee. Road Repairs Needed. He took the position that the need for highway improvements and re pairs had piled up during the war years and the proposed increase would not “break anybody." To raise the level to four cents' here, he added, still would leave the District below many States, includ ing his native South Carolina.! which has a 6-cent tax. It would put the District on a par with Maryland but leave it two cents below the six ,cent Virginia gasoline tax. Mr. McMillan, impressed with the overwhelming financial problem. faced by the District, confidently predicted great slashes would be' made by the Commissioners in the' estimates of department'heads. Plans Tax Study. He left no doubt, however, there still would remain the need for, heavily increased revenues for the I District in the next fiscal year. He plans to make an intensive study of the tax and budget structure during November and December, after stgy in South Carolina. If his schedule P-. mits, he added, he will attend the Commissioners’ tax program hear- j ings tomorrow'. Chairman McMillan will sponsor; legislation at the next session of Congress to provide an increased Federal payment toward National Capital expenses by the adoption of a formula like that proposed by Senators O'Mahoney. Democrat, of Wyoming and Overton. Democrat, of Louisiana for measuring the share of the United States against the .'‘xtent of its tax-exempt land hold ings here. Already, however, he foresees the need of new local taxes, even though the original budget requests are heavily cut. Sales Tax Supported. In general comments yesterday, he repeated his earlier solid ap proval of the proposed sales tax levy. He would not express an opinion as yet on the suggested broadening of the base of the Dis trict's personal income tax to in clude all those who live or work here but escape the tax because they are not found to be legally “domiciled" in the District. These are technical questions, he explained, and the only conclusion he now had in mind was that no one should be required to pay their local income taxes twice. Mr. McMillan was noncommittal on reports showing that only a relatively small percentage of • the total of employed persons in the District is subject to the District income tax law but expressed be lief that most of the South Caro linians here paid the District tax because it was lower than the tax rates of South Carolina. Further more. he said he had gained the impression that many persons who come here to work for the Govern ment really would prefer to work in the field, for the United States, possibly in their home States. Oh a question regarding the cost 1 See TAXES, Page A-26>~ Children Overdo Medicine in One Of 106 Accidents Among the home-accident victims reported by the Red Cross Accident Prevention Service last week were two sisters, aged 5 and 3, who split a bottle of cough syrup, and a brother and sister, aged 6 and 4, who ate rose of Sharon seeds. Like 106 other District residents who suffered home accidents last week, they were treated in hos pitals. Other children also met with mis fortune, including a brother-and sister case in which one stuck a pair of scissors through the arm of the other. A 2-year-old cut his foot on the spout of a teakettle One child fell off the roof of a woodshed and another from a back porch railing into a coalpit. A small bo.v started a fire in a clothes closet while playing with matches and his mother was burned on the right leg extinguishing the flames. District home accidents have caused 158 deaths and 3,696 injuries this year. <1 Weather Bureau Holds Picnic Un jinxed by Any Forecast . ......- _ Miss Lydia Frances Ewing threw a rolling pin 28 yards yes terday to win a contest at the Weather Bureau’s picnic. __ —Star Staff Photo. ttV. „ _ . _i a _ ~, ... jiujiuitu »* catuci uiucau employes beat an old jinx yester day when their annual picnic was not rained out. Contrary to the practice of most Weather Bureaus, this Weather Bu reau made no attempt to pick a sure fire clear day. Merrill Bernard, chief of the division of climatology and hydrologic services, explained it this way: “We set the date three weeks ago and then forbade any one to mention the possibility of rain. A radical system, Hut it worked.” Because the day was clear, the weather people and their offspring had a bang-up time at Palisades Park where they devoured 30 dozen ears of corn and 30 gallons of ice cream, quaffed 20 cases of soda pop and worked themselves into a lather contending for prize ribbons in athletic events. Husbands Run for Cover. Miss Lydia Frances Ewing, 26. of 228 Willow avenue. Takoma Park, Md., won the ladies’ rolling pin throwing contest with a mighty heave of 28 yards. Miss Ewing used a complicaited windup, a stern ex pression and a hefty underhand mo tion. Several casualties were nar rowly averted when over-anxious housewives uncorked a volley of wild pitches which sent knowing hus bands scurrying for cover. , appeaieu ouviuus tnat tne ron i ing pin as a weapon is fast becoming 'obsolete. Most of the ladies, al though they tried hard, could-not I have hit a tub if they had been ! standing in it. The tug-of-war. between two j teams of nine puffing taxpayers, seemed unlikely to produce a winner at all for several minutes. The 18 tuggers gained a brief respite when the rope broke, several red-faced gentlemen appearing quite content to lie quietly where they sprawled after the strand parted. The rope was tied up and eventually nine tired men beat nine tireder men. Corn Roast and Dancing. The toddlers, replete with good things to eat, began to bawl prompt ly at 4 p.m. They had had their events—a "Diaper Derby" for crawl ers only, a potato race and other races suited to their talents—earlier and had no sympathy for rolling pin competitions and the like. New records for immobility were set when the men over 40 staged a 50-yard dash. Hardier couples stayed on after dark for a corn roast and dancing in the Palisades Field House. Although the Weather Bureau was sure it wouldn't rain, there was a note; on the program which is copied without comment. It read: i "In the event of rain, indoor games and dancing will be substi tuted for the athletic program.” 'Crying Need' for Trained Help Is Gallinger Nursing Crisis Hospital Has Less Than Fourth of Nurses And Aides Necessary for Infant Care Gallinger Hospital's nurseries have less than one-fourth of the nurses and nurse's aides they need to take care of the recent 50 per cent in crease in the baby population at the city hospital, Dr. Lewis Sweet, Gal linger pediatrics chief, disclosed last i night. The emergency in the Gallinger nursery, he explained, had come about through the closing of Freed men’s Hospital maternity wards, as a result of an epidemic of diarrhea there. Where the average population of the Gallinger nurseries has been 75 to 80 babies, the present population is running near 130 babies. Nursery capacity is 129 babies. In the nurseries for premature babies, capacity is 42 babies. Recent ly. Dr. Sweet said. 56 premature babies were in the hospital at the same time. To give proper nursing care, he | Only One Try Another in a series of jogs for lagging memories regarding Dis trict traffic laws. Here, a private automobile has been substituted for the fire truck which appeared in a similar prob lem presented last week. With re spect to the earlier diagram. Assist ant Traffic Director M. O. Eldridge pointed out that the fire truck, responding to an alarm, had the right-of-way over all other vehicles. This prompted queries as to prece dence after the fire tnfck. Would the right-of-way go next to: 1. The police car, pursuing a felon? 2. The mail truck? 3. Plain Joe Motorist? 4. The ambulance, taking an in jured person to a hospital? Mr. Eldridge explained that the usual "rules of the road-’ would pre vail, except that the police car and ambulance would be using sirens, a signal for other traffic to stop. If the police car or ambulance pro posed to make a left turn, it would be required to yield to the vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. ) 1 added, the nurseries should have 20 or more nurses and aides on each shift. They now have five or six. Dr. Sweet said the hospital had been authorized to hire more nurses but couldn't get them. As for the Red Cross aides, many who have been trained have now dropped out. Mrs. Margaret Mc Gehee. District Red Cross aide nurse diiector, said Gallinger had asked for 50 more day and 50 more night aides to serve one or more days or nights a week. She said that a new class for aides would start Septem ber 23, but pointed out that aides who have already been trained are needed to meet the immediate emergency. Because of the crisis, the Red Cross loaned the hospital two nurses on each shift whose salaries will be paid out of disaster relief funds, Dr. Sweet said. The pediatrics chief gave this picture of w'hat the shortage of nurses and aides means in the nurseries: In the full-term nurseries, one nurse is trying to take care of 40 or 50 babies. Since most of the babies are supposed to be taken to their mothers for feeding at the same time, it is impossible for the nurse to take two or three minutes for proper sterilization between moving the babies. In addition, the babies remain longer with their mothers at feeding times than they should. While full-term babies can be left with a bottle, premature babies must be fed slowly and supervised every moment. One nurse is sup posed to care for not more than five premature babies. Now one nurse may have to feed and care for 15 or 20 such infants. As for diapering, Dr. Sweet said it was impossible to keep the babies dry and clean. "It s impossible to build up proper isolation barriers under these con ditions,” he said. "By luck and hard work, we may be able to weather this situation, but 90 per cent of our problem would be solved if we could get more nurses and Red Cross aides.” Baby Freedmen's Released Dies After Readmission. The 13th Infant death attributed to a diarrhea epidemic occurred at Freedmen's Hospital yesterday. Dr. James L. Hall, hospital super intendent, said the baby was Oscar McPhatter. jr„ of 1115 Sixty-fourth avenue N.E.. Cedar Heights, Md. Born in the hospital August 18, the baby was discharged August 26. He was returned to the hospital yes terday in critical condition, Dr. Hall said. Ten babies still in the hospital are suffering from the disease, four of them in the new-born section and six others readmitted. , 1 New Cars Too Long For Old Elevators At Municipal Garage Long-wheelbase modern cars now owned by the District are a problem to employes of the Municipal Garage at 210 John Marshall place because the two 16-foot elevators to the bulk of the garage space on the fourth and fifth floors can’t handle them. This was disclosed yesterday in the annual report of the central garage and shops to the Commissioners. Installation of 20-foot eleva tors or construction of a new garage building will be neces sary, the city heads were told, to permit inside parking of new cars now on order. Veterans Drawing Benefits Advised That Jobs Are Better Every District veteran drawing anj unemployment check is also get-; ting a printed “bit of friendly ad-| vice" in the District Unemployment Compensation Board's campaign to get the veterans into jobs. Tlie slip that accompanies each \ check is headed “A bit of friendly advice—from one veteran to an other." It is signed by the com pensation board's director. C. A. Wharton, who fought in the Pa cific as a major in the Marine Corps. ‘‘You and I know that this check is a mighty poor substitute for a job." the message begins. “It isn’t much to live on and it doesn’t last long. Even the maximum of 52 payments is soon gone. Then you're without a job and the $20 per week." “Give Yourself a Break!” After warning the veteran not to turn down suitable work, the mes sage goes on: “I know you have applied for a job with the employment service. But you can do more than that. The employment service lists ontv a portion of the jobs that are actu ally available. You can sell your self better than any one else. Give | yourself a break! Search diligently; and get a job on your own. “Perhaps the job isn’t exactly the; one yau want, but with every job: you are building up valuable ex perience and seniority. I don't have! to tell you that experience and seniority—in any kind of work—will! come in mighty handy when things, really get tough. “We are now at peak peace-time production. Jobs will get scarcer rather than more plentiful. Make calls. Make lots of calls. Be de-; termined. Mr. Wharton assures the veteran! of help from the USES and the j unemployment compensation board! but he adds: “Readjustment to civil| life is primarily your own responsi bility. Don’t delay. You can do better for yourself than any one else can do for you." Complain of Low Wages. By return mail. Mr. Wharton said, he has been getting letters irom veterans complaining mainly that all the available jobs pay low wages. Some of the writers list the places where they have applied. Others say they can't find anything to match their training and experience. To veterans who have been draw ing unemployment checks for 20 consecutive weeks, the unemploy-; ment compensation board is send-! ing questionnaires. As these are answered, the veterans are called in to talk with USES employment counsellors charged with determin-! Ing why they have been unable to find work. Mr. Wharton says the counsellors suggest more training or schooling or perhaps a change of occupation If the veteran is not “receptive"—if he refuses to take training offered to him or refuses a job which might be different from his usual line but j still suitable—he may be disqualified or suspended indefinitely from get ting unemployment checks. The unemployment compensation! director emphasized that the ques tionnaires and the visits to the em ployment counsellor were not to find methods of penalizing the veteran but only to find out what could be| done to help him get a job. WalterReed FairStarts Fund for Nurse Home Walter Reed Hospital's two-day “county fair" drew to a close last night with between $5,000 and $10, 000 taken in toward erection of a national memorial home for nurses who served in the war. Final tabulation of proceeds is yet to be made, but sponsors of the show on the hospital grounds felt they had made a good start toward rais ing the $2,000,000 the Nurses’ Na tional Memorial Building fund hopes to amass. Probably the day's biggest winner apart from the nurses wrho even tually will benefit was Maj. Fred erick E. Abbott, assistant post ex change officer aj. the hospital. When he returns from a fishing trip in New York State, Maj. Abbott will learn he was the recipient of a 1946 two-door sedan given away at the fair. Maj. Abbott was declared the win ner in ceremonies presided over by Miss May Pershing, sister of Gen. Pershing. It was a busy day on the little “midway” set up near the Sixteenth street entrance to the hospital. At one time as many as 4,000 visitors had merged with hospital patients in playing carnival games, buying wares and bidding at an auction. The auction featured goods manu factured by occupational therapy patients, and items sold at high prices. Such articles as lamps and silver bracelets brought $8 to $15. The fair ended last night with a dance at Stenberg Auditorium. Do You Know That • Pediatricians come from many parts of the world to study and gain experience at Children’s Hospital? The building fund campaign: Amount needed $1,300,000.00 On hand last Monday, 1,028,750.70 Received during week 2,810.36 Still to be raised 268,438 94 Please send contributions to Children’s Hospital Building Fund, Thirteenth and V j I streets N.W. J Four Austrian Sisters Reunited After 58 Years SISTERS REUNITED AFTER 58 YEARS—Nearly three-score years after they were separated for the first time in their native Austria, these four sisters were reunited here last night. Left to right: Mrs. Emma Greenwald, 78; Mrs. Regina Kurtz, 71; Mrs. Paula Leibell. 83. and Mrs. Rosa Kiuger. 62. Mrs. Kluger arrived in this country from Europe for the first time last week. The ^thers spent most of the evening telling her, in German, what America is like. —Star Staff Photo. ' Bomb Disposal Alumni To Elect Officers and End Convention Today Graduates of the only school where the passing grade is perfec tion—the Navy’s Bomb Disposal School, located during the war on the American University campus will elect national officers of the Bomb Disposal Alumni at the Wil lard Hotel this morning in the concluding session of their first post war reunion. Lt. W. R. Brooks, officer in charge of the Ordnance Disposal School at Indianhead. Md.. wffiich has taken over the functions of the wartime Bomb and Mine Disposal Schools, last night vtold the group of more than 40 former Navy and Marine technicians, “You can't find a bad mine disposal man—they bury them all.” The veterans were in more of a mood to exchange reminiscences than to conduct a business session last night. Paul M. Taylor, 21, of 5341 Forty second street N.W., related how he won the Navy-Marine Corps Medal and a citation from the Secretary of War for achievements in Japan after V-J Day. saved 2 Japs, Quelled Fire. He explained he was in charge of 190 Japs who were loading Japanese ammunition from a cave tan barges, from which they were to be dumped at sea. when fire broke out. Taylor carried two Japs to safety from the smoke-filled cave gnd evacuated a nearby United States Army gar rison. Then he returned to the cave, where 100 tons of explosives were stored, and put out the fire with the aid of a Navy officer. Later, he and a companion dis covered and disposed of a cache of Japanese mustard gas and American bomb duds buried in a garden. Bomb disposal graduates often were called upon to perform other duties than those for which they were specifically trained. Edgar C. Brown. 28, of Indianapolis found himself teaching judo and small arms fire to Chinese guerrillas be fore he was transferred to mine laying work off the Chinese coast. The first bomb disposal specialist of World War II, some of the group related, was an eccentric middler aged English nobleman, too old for “active” military service, who made a hobby of rushing to the scene of duds that landed on English soil to disarm them. Trained With Royal Navy. While the amateur technician eventually blew himself up. the British developed, through necessity, an extremely efficient bomb dis posal service. It was an American trained in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in work of this type, Draper L. Kauffman, who was given the duty of establishing the first Amer ican Bomb and Mine Disposal Schools when the United States en tered the war. The initial class at the Bomb Dis posal School was held January 27, 1942, at the Naval Gun Factory. The school w as moved to American Uni versity July 8 of the same year, re maining there until September 1 1945. The Bomb Disposal Alumni or ganization, all of whose members at tended the school here and later were assigned to duties overseas, traces its origin back to June. 1945, when some of the men at a bomb disposal unit stationed at Pearl Har bor conceived the idea of maintain ing a postwar contact. At Pittsburgh, Pa., the first or ganizational meeting was held. John S. Barber of Philadelphia. Pa., was elected temporary president, and after a referendum of the member ship Washington was designated as the site of the national convention. Although designed primarily as a social organization which includes a bureau to exchange information on jobs, the bomb-disposal group has also offered its services in any emer gency where disarming of American and foreign ordnance may be nec essary. Man Kills Wife and Self, Shots Attract Relative Attracted by two pistol shots, Mary Graham, 35, colored. 643 Callan street N.E., ran to a house across the street yesterday and found her sister and brother-in law dying of head wounds. When Coroner A. Magruder Mac Donald arrived at the house. 646 Callan street N.E., he pronounced dead both Fenton Ash. 36, colored, and his wife. Margaret, 34. Then he Issued a certificate of murder and suicide. Police said Ash shot his wife and then turned the pistol on himself. Callahan Will Speak Police Supt. Harvey G. Callahan will speak on public relations prob lems of his department at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow before a luncheon meet ing of the American Public Rela tions Association in the Willard Hotel. * 'A By Jerry O'Leary, Jr. When 20-year-old Emma Gottlieb j Green wald said goodbye to her three young sisters in Vienna, in 1888, and started for the United : States, none of them realized it would be 58 years until they were all together again. Last night the: sisters, three of them great-grand mothers, were reunited here. The joyous meeting finally was; accomplished with the arrival here yesterday of the youngest of the four sisters, Mrs. Rosa Kluger, 62 Mrs. Kluger came to the United States aboard the French liner i Athos II which encountered strike difficulty when it docked at New York Harbor Tuesday. Waiting for her was Emma, now a widow, and the other two sistefs, Mrs. Paula Leibell, 83. of 1237 Shep herd street N.W., and Mrs. Regina Kurtz. 71, of Philadelphia. Mrs. Kurtz followed Emma to the United States in 1890. but Mrs. Leibell is a comparative newcomer. Her son. Henry Leibell, 4445 Alton place n.w.. owner ot tne Aristo cleaning; stores, brought her to this country • from Vienna eight years ago, just j after anschluss with Germany made' life for Jews intolerable in Austria.; Mrs. Kluger, a resident of Dussel dorf. Germany, for 50 years, was brought to America through the! efforts of her son, Sol. who served in the American Army as a private, • although he. himself, arrived here j only, five years ago. Sol, who lives iatf $09 Otis place N.W.. held the; reunion at his home. The four ] women, speaking only German ; among themselves, chatted about , things long past. i > Tfieir faces brightened at every i word r they hardly took notice of f-their assembled children, grand 'children and great-grandchildren. After ail, they were only girls when , last they said goodbye. There were so many things to say, the whole story of nearly three score years j to be poured out about life in Wash I ington. Philadelphia, Dusseldorf and Vienna. • The younger folks looked on proudly and brought the elderly ; sisters glasses of ginger ale to be 1 sipped and little cakes to be eaten. All talk centered around the four gray ladies seated in the center of the room. Moses Kluger. grav-bearded and about as old as his wife, Rosa, still was tired from his long boat ride from Antwerp. Besides, he under stood no English. He didn’t say , very much, even in German, only I ! watched his strong son, Sol, who' • owned a big home and had a mar ; velous white icebox. Last night was “'Ladies' Night” to the family which grew from the Gottlieb girts of Vienna and in the home of . Sol Kluger they reigned as queens. Teeth Are Teeth, 5 Navy Dentists Find at Bolling Five Navy dentists have just ‘dropped .anchor” at Bolling Field to fill vacancies left in the dental staff there by the discharge of Army Air Forces dentists. The seagoing dentists found them selves in their unusual position when the Navy loaned 800 dentists to the Army to help it through a shortage of forcep and drill experts. Confessing that they were a trifle bewildered at their sudden “induc tion" into the AAF. the five Navy! men, all lieutenants, are William Copperthwaite. 529 Newcomb street S.E.; John E. Kreager, 1631 Euclid street N.W.; William N. Grammer. 3317 Alden place S.E.; Robert W. Gale, 52 Galveston place S.W.: and Norman M. Trahos, 300 Adams ave nue, Alexandria. After an official welcome by Brig. Gen. B. M. Hovey, commanding offi cer at Bolling Field. Lt. Gale com mented to Lt. Col. Walter J. Reuter,1 base dental surgeon: “Navy teeth. Army teeth. No mat-1 ter what uniform the owr^r wears, teeth are teeth.” AFGE Convention Due To Open Tomorrow At St. Paul, Minn. The American Federation of Gov ernment Employes, AFL, will hold its first convention since 1941 be ginning tomorrow in St. Paul, Minn. Main task facing the delegates representing nearly 1,000 locals throughout the country is the draft ing of a legislative program af fecting Federal employes for the consideration of the 80th Congress next January. President Harry B Mitchell of the Civil Service Commission will address the convention yuesday. Other speakers who will appear during the week include William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor; Chairman Randolph of the House Civil Serv ice Committee; Stanley Tracy, as sistant director of the FBI, and George Sweet, assistant administra tor for personnel at the Veterans' Administration. AFGE officials are hopeful that Civil Service Commissioner Arthur S. Flemming will be able to ap pear before the convention, and it is also expected that a representa tive of President Truman will de liver;^ aft address. The convention will open at IQ a m tomorrow with Presideftt James B. Burn* presiding. Small Fire in Star Building Blocks Downtown Traffic A small lire in a basement store* room brought fire apparatus to The Star Building yesterday afternoon, blocking traffic on Eleventh street for more than an hour while firemen made certain the blaze was com pletely extinguished. The storeroom contained cotton wrapped asbestos pipe covering, electrical wiring and other sup plies. Damage was estimated at $50. It is believed a lighted cigarette, tossed into an exterior areaway, might have rolled under a doorway leading to the storeroom. Detectives Arrest Three Here on Gaming Charges Three arrests were made by Detec tive Sergts. Paul Clarke and Howard Ogle yesterday in two alleged gam bling establishments. Edward Thomas, 41, colored. 700 block Irving street N.W., was taken | into custody in a store in the 400; block of Florida avenue N.W. and! charged with possession of lottery! slips and operation of a lottery. After listening outside the door; for 10 minutes, the detectives said! they also entered a house in the 1300 block of Corcoran street N.W.! snd found gambling paraphernalia. Robert Thompson. 40, colored, of the Corcoran street address and William! Henry Davis. 32, colored. 1900 block bf Fourteenth street N.W. were; charged with setting up a gaming lable. The three men were released* in & 1.500 bond for appearance tomor row before United States Commis sioner Needham C. Turnage. District Bar to Hear Legislation Report A report on proposed legislation: for three additional judges for Municipal Court will be presented at i meeting of the District Bar Asso ciation at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Sapphire Room of the Mavflower Hotel. ' Associate Judge Andrew M. Hood sf the Municipal Court of Appeals, chairman of the program commit tee of the District Judicial Council, will also speak on the progress of the committee. In addition, other reports will be read. Judge Sees Too Much Cutting/ Fines Two $350 in Knife Cases Declaring there is “too much cut ting and maiming with knives go-1 ing on here," Judge George D. Niel son in Municipal Courtr yesterday; sentenced two men to pay $3501 fines or serve six months in jail each on charges involving the weapons. Judge Neilson imposed the pen alty first upon Marion Fisher, 21, colored, of no fixed address, on a charge of carrying a Marine dag ger and a switch-blade knife. Pvt. Louis B. Anderson of the second precinct reported he saw the defendant at the corner of Seventh and P streets N.W. and asked to see his draft card. Plac ing Fisher under arrest when he; could not produce the paper, the policeman then discovered the knives in Fisher’s pockets, he said. i “There is too much carrying of knives and weapons of any kind without a good purpose,” said the! judge. “All too often in the heat of an argument, the weapon is whipped out and some one gets cut.” Judge Neilson declared the next case before him an example of this.' Harry E. Goss. 33, of the 1500 block of Kingman place N.W., showed a gash on his lip which he said he received during an alterca tion Friday in the 1400 block of P street N.W. James Henry Brpwn, alias James Henry Taylor, 23, colored, of the 2400 block of Seventeenth street' N.W., charged with assault, denied he cut Mr. Goss. Judge Neilson found him guilty and imposed the, same penalty as in the Fisher case.1 I McGehee Lists Capital Needs In Swan Song Urges Hospital Drive, Slum Action and Jobless Tax Cut By Don S. Warren Defeated for re-election and ‘through with politics for life* Representative McGehee, Democrat, of Mississippi, for 12 years a power ful influence in the House District Committee, took time out from packing last night to wish thrtt good things" for his Washington ‘wards." First, he voiced hope District resi dents would organize a drive that would quickly bring necesary ap propriations for the big hospital center authorized in the final days of the 79th Congress. Second was an equally ardent hope that funds would be granted early in the next Congress for be ginning the huge job of redevelop ment of Washington's slum areas. This program was authorized in the bill held up for months by Mr. McGehee but which he helped to push to enactment shortly before adjournment, after the Senate ver sion was changed in keeping with his amendments. Urges Cut In Tax. To these he added a call for changes of the District Unemploy ment Compensation Act to permit reduction of the tax rates and to prevent a steady increase in the $44,000,000 reserve fund which, he held, already is so large there is “no chance” of it ev<r being paid out to the unemployed. In his formal “swan song” on District affairs there was no re treat from the conservative stand he has taken all the way through on the slum-clearance bill. While others have suggested a move may be made early next year to amend some of the restrictions he was in fluential in placing on "public hous ing” as against private low-cost housing projects, the Mississippian contended his amendments "cer tainly are proper.” "The taxpayers of the Nation or the District should not be compelled to subsidize housing for people who are able to pay a proper rental.” was the way he put it. To this he added “It is my sincere desire to see the (land! agency created under this bill begin functioning at once and clear the areas of the city con templated in the measure.” Stresses Hospital Need. - Mr. McGehee said he had been convinced not only of the need of thp hospital-center project but that Congress should lend its aid “to the fullest extent of the cost” with a return, if possible, of a part of the cost by those who utilize it. The act authorizes an outlay of $35,000,000 for the project, but the -bed center Itself was not ex pected to cost more than $£9,000 000. Sections of the bill to permit some $$5,000,000 of grants or loans to non profit private hospitals not partic ipating in the center were stricken from the measure. Under the terms of the law, Gar field. Emergency and Episcopal Hos pitals, named as the center's orig inal participants, will contribute the values of their present holdings and th# District government will be charged for 30 per cent of the re mainder of the cost of establishing the center. Mr. McGehee recalled that he had devoted many months to hearings on the unemployment compensation law, as chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee of the House District group. He was influential in getting changes in the District law provid ing the merit rating for firms which have the least turnover in employ ment, in addition to other and mora recent but less significant amend ments. He called special attention to a situation here which he said does not exist in any other political sub division of the couatry—a city with an accumulated reserve fund more than $44,000,000, that is increasing every year. cues Drain on Employers. “It is a constant drain on tho employers’ finances that should be corrected,” he said. "The Congress should continue, as I have done over this period of years, in an effort to relieve the employer of this constant drain so that these funds can remain in the channels of exchange rather than be hoarded as an I.O.U. in the public treasury. “There should be a ceiling and a flooring established as to the amounts carried and the local board empowered to fix the rates so as to maintain this ceiling and flooring. Such amendments should be at tached to the entire act affecting every political subdivision and the time is coming when this must be done.” C. A. Wharton, director of the DUC Board, said last night it must be agreed the District is piling up i reserve that is greater than needed. Of the 16.000 District employers, he said, about 11.000 are classified (See McGEHEE. Page A-26J Police Need Only 10 Minutes to Nab Boy in Gem Theft A 14-year-old colored boy, picked up within 10 minutes after liis de scription was broadcast, was held by Arlington police last night in,, connection with the theft of more | than $3,000 in jew’elry and cash from the home of Raymond Stewart, 4803 ' North Washington boulevard, dur- '] Ing the absence of the Stewart,! family. J A neighbor saw the youth leaving the home. Shortly thereafter tha , family returned and the loss was reported to police. Pvts. Henry Willitt and Harry L. [ Griffith, in a scout car. picked up ; the youth in the 1900 block of North Edison street and found three dia mond rings and other jewelry, valued at $3,000, and $28 in cash in the boys possession, police said Chief Harry Woodyard said the . boy later admitted several other ; thefts in Arlington He is belnfij held for tomorrows session of Juvenile Court.