SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS
WASHINGTON, D. C.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1947
3 Flying Home
From Air Races
Die in Crash
Private Craft Falls
• In Cabbage Field
In North Carolina
Three Washington men were
killed last night when a private
plane, piloted by C. Allen Sher
win, crashed and exploded in a
cabbage field 4 miles from Wake
Forest, N. C.
The dead are:
Mr. Sherwin, 38, real estate deal
er, of 3501 Davis street N.W., father
of three and owner of the plane.
Former Lt. Comdr. William Hel
vestine, 37, of 6900 Connecticut
avenue, Chevy Chase, national ex
ecutive secretary of the Coast
Garnette G. Gregg, 28. of 5424 Ne
braska avenue N.W., former Army
Air Forces major, and a former
Navy test pilot.
Attempted Forced Landing.
The twin - engined, five - place
Cessna aircraft crashed at 7:35 p.m.
in a foggy overcast after passing
over the Raleigh-Durham airport
several times, the Associated Press
Witnesses said the pilot was at
tempting a forced landing in the
field when a wing clipped off 200
yards of pine trees before the plane
smashed into a small hill.
Charles Hicks, a farmer who lives
near the scene, said the aircraft
burst into flames immediately. All
three men apparently were dead
before Mr. Hicks pulled them from
the burning -wreckage.
The three men were en route to
Washington from Miami, Fla.,
where they had been attending the
All-American Air Races.
, Report Low Gas Supply.
The bodies were identified by
papers found in the plane, North
Carolina authorities said.
Shortly afterwards, the Raleigh
Durham Airport Authority identi
fied the plane by its registration
numbers, ending earlier fears that
it was a commercial airliner which
had been in the vicinity with 30
passengers aboard. It was reported
overdue at Virginia City, Va., five
minutes before the crash.
The Sherwin plane may have run
out of fuel just before the crash,
the civil aeronautics officials indi
cated. When the ship was last in
communication with the Raleigh
Durham Airport at 6:42 p.m., it was
reported to have about an hour’s
gasoline supply. The CAB will in
vestigate the crash.
James F. Walker, jr., Gaithers
burg, Md., earlier was thought to be
one of the victims. Papers found in
the plane bore his name, but Mr.
Walker, who accompanied the three
men to Miami, later was found to
have remained in Miami.
Refueled in Savannah.
Authorities said the weather in
the area was ‘‘pretty foggy with a
slight drizzle.” The plane had last
stopped at Savannah, Ga., to refuel,'
it was reported.
Mr. Sherwin leaves his wife and
three sons, C. Allen, jr., 10; John
Michael, 5, and Grogory, 4. His
brother-in-law, Robert H. Winn,
4413 Yuma street N.W., said Mr.
Sherwin left his offices at 4241 Wis
consin avenue N.W., a week ago to
make the Florida trip.
Mr. Winn said Mr. Sherwin had
learned to fly at nearby Queen’s
Chapel Airport about seven years
ago and was enthusiastic over avia
tion. According to Mr. Winn, he
was regarded as an “excellent” pilot.
Mr. Sherwin and his family for
merly lived in Westmoreland Hills,
Md., but. recently bought the house
on Davis street. Mr. Sherwin was
a member of the District Bar Associ
ation, Columbia Country Club, the
Rotary Club and the Early Birds.
He received an LL. B. degree at
Won Recognition as Artist.
Friends of Mr. Sherwin said he
had attained recognition as an art
ist in his twenties, specializing in
etchings and dry points. His works
reportedly were prized by Mrs.!
Herbert Hoover and Mrs. Franklin
Mr. Helvestine was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Helvestine,
440 New Jersey avenue S.E. A
former Coast Guard and Navy
officer he also was an attorney
and member of the District Bar As
sociation. His wife said they were
married two years ago and have a
4-month-old son, William Albert
Members of the family said Mr.
Helvestine was graduated from Me-!
Kinley Tech High School—where he
studied exclusively at night for six
years while working for the Gov
ernment during the day. Later, he
received an LL. B. degree at George
Washington University in 1935.
Mr. Helvestine had worked at the
Labor Department, the Patent
Office. Smithsonian Institution, thfc;
Treasury Department and the Civil;
Served in Four Invasions.
He was an ensign in the Naval
Reserve from 1936 to 1942. He
switched to the Coast Guard in 1942
and eventually served as a deck offi
cer on transports at four invasions
—Southern France, Sicily, Italy and
He also was a Mason and a mem
ber of the Acacia fraternity and
Gmicron Delta Kappa fraternity.
Since October, 1946. when he left
the Coast Guard with the rank of
commander, Mr. Helvestine had
been full-time national executive
secretary of the Coast Guard
Mr. Gregg, a native of Manches
ter, Ga., lived with his sister, Mrs.
J. Phelps Hand, jr., at the Nebraska
avenue address. He had recently
spent about two weeks in the co
pilot’s training course at Pennsyl
vania Central Airlines here, but left
the airline with the intention of
resuming his studies at the Univer
sity of Maryland, according to the
Mrs. Hand said her brother gradu
ated from Alabama Polytechnic In
stitute in 1937 and in 1939 received a
degree in aeronautical engineering
from the Massachusetts Institute of
Before joining the Army Air Forces
in 1942 Mr. Gregg was an engineer
with the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft
Corp. and a test pilot for the Navy.
He entered the Army Air Transport
Command in 1942 as a first lieuten
ant, serving in bothe the European
and Pacific theaters.
—Coast Guard Photo.
C. ALLEN SHERWIN
GARNETTE G. GREGG
Veterans' Group Buys
Naylor Gardens Unit
A sales contract was signed yes
terday, by the Veterans’ Co-opera
tive Housing Association with the
Defense Homes Corp. for the pur
chase of the 748-unit Naylor Gar
dens housing development at Thir
tieth street and Naylor road S.E., at
a price of $5,125,000.
The contract gives the veterans’
group a year to raise a down pay
ment of $512,500. Meanwhile, DHC
will continue management of the
project in co-operation with the
Present tenants will be permitted
to become members of the associa
tion. Those who do not wish to join
are protected in their occupancy,
under the contract, until January 1,
1948, or until District rent control
expires, whichever date is later. Ex
act purchase prices for individuals
have not yet been fixed.
Legion Job Unit to Meet
Oscar G. Jones, chairman of the
employment committee of the Dis
trict Department, announced today
that a meeting of the committee will
be held at 8 o’clock tonight in the
Legion Clubhouse, 2437 Fifteenth
Police Capture Last
Of Three Fairfax Jail
Fugitives on Yacht
Police early today captured the
last of three fugitives from the
Fairfax County Jail, 19-year-old
Lawrence William Brown. He was
aboard a 30-foot
yacht at the
Muligan, 27, and
Myers, 28, who
a c c o m p anied
Brown in the
jail break .last
have been back
in custody since
Acting on a
tip that a Buick l. W. Brown,
automobile with Ohio tags, believed
to have been used by the fugitive,
had been seen on the yacht club
grounds at 2 a.m., Precinct Detective
C. I. Smith and Detective Sergt.
Francis E. Burgess headed a squad
of 12 policemen which began search
ing the club grounds. A harbor pa
trol boat stood by offshore.
They bound Brown aboard the
yacht belonging to Walter Bain
bridge of 1535 Seventeenth street
N.W. Cutting off the lights around
the dock and surrounding the yacht,
police opened one of the hatches
and ordered Brown to come out.
Getting no response, they forced
their way through the cabin door.
Inside, they discovered the youth,
who was just rousing from his slum
bers when he was overpowered.
James O. Boteler, yacht club stew
ard, said a number of thefts of food,
drinks and a radio have occurred in
the yacht club area within the last
week, and police believed Brown may
have used the yacht as his hiding
place since shortly after his escape.
The youth, whose address was
given as the 100 block of C street
N.E., was being held for grand jury
action on a charge of breaking and
entering at the time of his escape
from the Fairfax Jail.
Marriage Lecture Rekindles
Thoughtfulness A. ,png Elders
By Harriet Griffiths
Youngsters tin the brink of mat
rimony are not the only people will
ing to spend a few evenings learn
ing how to have a happy married
Attending the second of a series
of eight lectures on marriage, spon
sored by the Young Christian Work
ers of Washington, last night were
young men and women who have
not yet chosen a future helpmate,
engaged couples and some of their
elders with years of married life
Understanding by a husband and
wife of the other’s psychological
makeup is vital to a happy mar
riage, the Rev. Stephen Hartdegan,
O. F. M., of Holy Name College,
Catholic University, told the group.
Man, he explained, is endowed
with reason; woman with intuition.
A wife may attach to a thoughtless
word or action a meaning which
never would occur to her husband.
A mother, married more than 30
j years, who accompanied her en
; gaged daughter to the lecture,
; agreed with him.
Once a mutual acquaintance
greeted my husband and overlooked
me,” she recalled. ‘‘I went home and
brooded. My husband kept asking
what the matter was. Finally I told
him. He was amazed that such a
little thing had gotten me. He had
forgotten about it, but I had de
j cided he purposely was ignoring it.”
Father Hartdegan’s point that a
| wife may do a great deal more in
guiding her husband in certain mat
ters with subtlety and tact than
with nagging—although she must
avoid deceit —was admittedly over
the head of the 22-year-old daugh
ter. But her mother thought she
; knew what he meant.
Her husband balked at going to
a Sunday night reception recently,
the mother illustrated.
“I didn’t insist,” she said. "Whether
he thought his not going would
keep us home, I don’t know, but we
went ahead and got ready. The
next thing I knew he was ready
“He had a very nice time. But
probably If I had bullied him about
it, he never would have gone. As
it was, he thought he was having
his own way.”
This veteran wife, as well as a
couple sitting nearby who had been
married 15 years, agreed, however,
they had learned a great deal from
Father Hartdegan's talk.
“He reminded me, of some things
I had forgotten about during the
years,” said the husband. "For one
thing, I'm going to try to be more
considerate of my wife’s views and
His wife made a few resolutions,
too. “He spoke of the importance
of a wife’s keeping up her appear
ace,” she said. “I’m going to try
and do better on that score.
"And I’m also going to remember
that little matter of a cheerful
‘hello’ when he comes home from
work—in spite of how busy I am
looking after the housework and our
two little boys.”
Father Hartdegan included these
iules for good husbands:
Don’t take for granted your wife’s
efforts to please you, whether in
her cooking, hats or other provi
sions for your likes and dislikes.
Pay some attention to her little
grievances, just as she makes it
her business to know yours.
Be considerate in such matters
as calling her when you are not
coming home to supper.
Some of the speaker’s recom
mendations for wives included:
Pay attention to your husband's
Don’t be bossy.
Don’t nag him to make more
money when he is doing his best.
Happiness in the home is more
For both husbands and wives:
Be respectful toward your in
laws. Remember at the same time,
however, that your first duty is
toward your husband or wife.
Registration for the lectures, be
ing held at Carroll Hall, G street
between Ninth and Tenth streets
N.W., was closed la4t night Father
Teachers to Get
Pay Proposal of
Board to Consider
School Head Next Day
School Supt. Hobart M. Com
ing will explain his pay recom
mendations to District public school
teachers next Tuesday before sub
mitting them to a special meeting
of the Board of Education on
The school board approved the
plan at a meeting yesterday, after
Dr. Coming said he was anxious to
get the teachers’ reactions. He will
talk to colored teachers at Arm
strong High School at 3:45 p.m. and
white teachers at McKinley High
School at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The board also agreed to meet at
3:30 pm. Wednesday at the Frank
lin Building to act on the pay pro
posals. Under the Teachers’ Pay
Act which granted the local teachers
a $450 pay raise last summer, the
board must submit new salary pro
posals to the chairmen of the House
and Senate District Committees be
fore February 1. The act itself ex
pires June 30.
Terms Not Divulged.
Although Dr. Coming’s proposals
are based on a report submitted by
the schools’ Joint Legislative Coun
cil, which includes many teachers,
the superintendent said he wanted
to give all of the system’s 3,200
teachers a chance to be heard before
With teachers’ pay a live issue
throughout the Nation as a result of
thinning teachers’ ranks, Dr. Corn
ing said he expects a large turnout
at both sessions. He declined to di
vulge the nature of his proposals
before the meetings.
Other actions of the board yester
day included approving tthe retire
ment of two veteran school teachers.
They are Miss Etta H. Matthews,
67, of 2001 Sixteenth street N.W.,
teacher of English and social
science air Langley Junior High
School, and Miss E. Grace Deal,
62, of 1835 Phelps place N.W.,
teacher of mathematics and geog
raphy at Hine Junior High School.
Began 48 Years Ago.
Miss Matthews, a graduate of
Washington Normal School and
George Washington University, be
gan teaching here more than 48
years ago in the elementary grades.
A past president of the Junior
High School Teachers’ Association,
she also acted as faculty adviser to
the Pilot, Langley school news
Miss Deal also began her teaching
career in the elementary grades,
entering the District school system
39 years ago. A graduate of Johns
Hopkins University, she also at
tended George Washington Univer
sity, Maryland State Teachers’ Col
lege, Columbia University, the Uni
versity of Chicago and took \ classes
at Harvard University. She, too, is
a past president of the Junior
High School Teachers’ Association,
and was a member of the City Text
book Committee for 10 years.
The board also:
1. Approved drawings of three
proposed schools submitted by
Municipal Architect Merrel A. Coe.
These were the Kelly Miller and
Sousa Junior High Schools and
Nalle Elementary School, for all of
which funds are available.
R. G. Williamson Promoted.
2. Made permanent the appoint
ment of Mrs. Josephine C. Smith,
1948 Second street N.W., as director
of Division 10.
3. Promoted Robert G. William
son, 1817 Kearney street N.W., from
teaching at Kramer Junior High
School to instructing science at Wil
son Teachers’ College.
4. Transferred Mrs. Agnes T.
Beckwith, 2115 F street N.W., from
instructing at Wilson Teachers’ col
lege to teaching at Anacostia High
5. Accented the resignation of Dr.
Harold B. Buckley, 3900 Hamilton
street, Hyattsville, Md„ as head of
the Department of Business Educa
tion in the white schools, after a
year's probationary service.
6. Approved daylight saving time
for the District by unanimous vote.
7. Accepted the resignation as
head of the colored Girls’ Cadet
Corps of Lt. Col. Madeline Bridges
and appointed to succeed her Lt.
Col. Delores McDaniel of Dunbar
High School. Miss Bridges, it was
explained, was forced to leave school
in order to support herself.
Four-Tooth Dental Plate
Swallowed by Veteran
A war veteran from Colesville,
Md., who swallowed his partial den
tal plate, is resting comfortably at
Mount Alto Veterans’ Hospital,
physicians there reported today.
The plate, containing four teeth,
is also resting comfortably -in his
stomach, the physicians added.
The veteran, Philip Lloyd Cissel,
33, was rushed to the hospital Sat
urday from his home with the plate
lodged in his esophagus. However,
surgery will not be necessary, the
physicians said. Treatment n Tr
ent consists of lots of food and
CONDUCTOR TALKS MUSIC WITH SOLDIERS—Andre Kostelanetz, noted orchestra conductor,
chats with members of the 304th Army Band from Walter Reed Hospital, who were his guests
at the National Symphony rehearsal yesterday. Here to conduct the symphony’s Hit Parade
Concert tonight, Mr. Kostelanetz had high praise for The Star-sponsored Neighborhood Concert
series. —Star Staff Photo.
Backs Chest Probe
To Clear Up Record
The Federation of Businessmen’s
Associations last night joined with
Southeast businessmen in asking
for a study of Community Chest ac
The action grew out of a demand
made earlier this week by the
Southeast Businessmen’s Associa
tion for a “thorough investigation”
of the Chest and a complete audit
of its books. The Federation made |
it clear, however, that last night’s
action was aimed at helping the
Chest clear up any misunderstand
ing of its activities rather than hint
ing at unorthodox activities.
“Our only Interest in the matter
is getting rid of some member agen
cies that we might, find are not
charitable,” J. M. Heiser, president
Louis Frick of the Southeast As
sociation, who introduced the reso
lution of calling for the inquiry,
said he felt the business men would
be doing themselves and tne city a
favor to look into the Chest.
Names Certain Groups.
“It is not my idea to condemn the
Chest, but rather to put it on a
basis where all the public can ap
prove of it," Mr. Frick added. He
said many people felt the Chest
had “gone far aflield” of Us original
functions. He listed salaries paid to
officials of the Council of Social
Agencies, War Housing Association
and Washington Urban League to
show how much money was spent
on these agencies.
“And we're not even surer they
are really charity groups,” he said.
Some dissenting delegates came
to the defense of the Chest. For
mer Federation President William
A. Mileham said he felt the South
east attack had done a “great deal
of irreparable damage” and moved
that the whole matter be tabled.
Theodore Grape of the Connecti
cut Avenue Association said he felt
the “method of attack” was wrong.
“It’s easy to criticize,” he said.
“Maybe the Chest is doing its best.”
Delegates adopted Mr. Frick’s pro
posal for an inquiry after the move
to table was voted down.
Mr. Heiser said he would write
the Community Chest Federation
and inform it of the action taken.
If the Chest group agrees to co
operate with the businessmen’s
federation in looking into com
plaints, Mr. Heiser said he would
name a special committee for the
Liquor Hour Hearing Asked.
The federation voted to request
a public hearing before any change
is made in- business hours for liquor
dealers. Jerome B. McKee of the
District Retail Liquor Dealers’ As
sociation said he understood the
Commissioners plan to authorize a
return to prewar hours of 8 a.m.
to midnight every day but Sunday,
instead of the present 10 a.m. to
9 p.m. hours.
He said the dealers he represented
were opposed to this change and
wanted a chance to be heard.
A proposal for the District to
take over operation of St. Eliza
beth’s Hospital from the Federal
Government was unanimously op
posed. It was brought out this
would mean additional expense to
Washington taxpayers and might
result in less efficiency at the hos
The federation recommended the
$450-a-year pay raise granted last
year to District public school teach
ers be made permanent before it
expires July 1. A copy of this reso
lution is to be sent the Board of
The federation met in the board
room of the American Security &
Trust Co. Building. -
Neighborhood Concerts Called
'Perfect Idea' by Kdstelanetz
Mention music for the multitude,
such as is supplied at the National
Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood
Concerts, and Andre Kostelanetz,
noted conductor, rubs his hands en
thusiastically and is ready to talk.
“This neighborhood concert idea,”
he said, “takes music—good music—
to the people. It destroys an aloof
ness—a false aloofness—that never
should be there.”
He first heard of The Star spon
sored series several days ago, he
said, and knew immediately it was
a “perfect idea.”
"I knew it would be popular, be
cause in London last summer I
took an orchestra to Croydon, a
suburb,” he said. “Thousands came.
It had never been done before.”
He predicted that other cities
would be holding neighborhood con
certs of their own once the idea
“People today like all types of
music,” he continued. “There is a
broad, basic audience in America,
hungry for good music and anxious
to watch an orchestra produce it.”
Mr. Kostelanetz here to conduct
the National Symphony’s hit
parade concert tomgnt at consti
tution Hall. It is his fourth appear
He likes the hit parade idea too,
with numbers selected by popular
vote, because he thinks “it is basic
to play what people like to hear.”
Told that a large number of veter
ans attended the neighborhood
concerts, the conductor nodded his
“They liked music when they were
soldiers,” he said. I conducted
orchestras before 450,000 of them
personally during the war.”
Nor has he lost his interest in
soldiers now that the war is.over.
Members of the Army Band at
Walter Reed Hospital were special
guests at the rehearsal he conducted
He asked when the next neigh
borhood concert would be and re
gretted he had to leave before Mon
day when the National Symphony
will play at Central High School.
“You know these concerts work
both ways,” he said. “They are a
boon to the listeners and build good
will for the orchestra. They help
create future listeners too.”
Detective Subdues Armed Man
Hunted in Fatal Shootina of Wife
A District policemen, searching a
house for a murder suspect, this
morning found a man crouching in
the shadows, dived at him and dis
armed him of a .45 caliber auto
matic which was cocked and fully
Detective Sergt. Walter D. Perry
and Precinct Detective A. T. Davis
entered the home of Parvin B. Hol
ton, 47-year-old colored truckdriver,
at 2 a.m. today after the body of
Holton’s 29-year-old wife, Mabel,
was found riddled with bullets at
Seventh and E streets S.E.
At first they were unable to find
any trace of the man, then Sergt.
Perry entered a dimly lighted hall
way and saw a figure crouching be
hind a packing case, the gun in his
hand. He leaped at the man,
knocked him down and seized the
Arraigned before United States
Commissioner Needham C. Turnage
this morning, Holton admitted he
shot his wife after an argument in
which she threatened to leave him.
“I figured if I beat her,” he said,
"I saill would get locked up, so I
thought I might as well go ahead
and kill her. I know I did wrong,
and in a way I’m sorry—and in a
way I’m not sorry.”
Holton told police that after he
emptied his gun at his'wife, he re
turned to his home in the 600 block
of E street S.E. and reloaded it.
Police said he told them that he
was pointing the gun at Sergt. Perry,
but “lost his nerve” when the detec
tive sergeant lunged at him.
He was ordered held without bond
pending a coroner’s report.
Mothers Are Called 'Problem'
In Pre-Junior High Discussion
A group, of mothers met at the
Truesdell School yesterday to find
out just how they could help their
children make the change from
grammar to junior high school most
successfully—and learned something
“Mothers are a problem," Dr. M.
Virginia O’Neil, supervisor of stu
dent teaching at Wilson Teachers
College, told them. “Most mothers
are naggers and don’t give their
children enough independence.
“Why, children of the pre-junior
high school age just are not sure
adults are proper people to confide
in,” she said.
All was not criticism at the meet
ing, however. After Dr. O'Neil out
lined the various changes facing a
child at that age—physical, mental
and social—and showed the many
problems facing a child trying to
adjust himself to civilization, the
mothers joined in presenting and
arguing their individual problems.
The group seemed to think more
men teachers were needed and less
homework. Home-room teachers in
the junior high schools should have
more personal contact with the
pupils, they said. Each teacher in
the junior high schools should not
regard her subject as the only one
of importance and swamp the chil
dren with work, they went on.
Dr. O’Neil pointed out that in the
first five or six years of his life,
the child gets ideals and values from
his parlnts and home life. This
! GRADUATES AT ALICE DEAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL—The midyear graduation exercises will be held at the school building, Fort drive and Nebraska avenue
I N.W„ on January 31. , -Rideout Si Stapp Photo.
probably is the most Important
formative period of the child, she
“The teacher’s job when she gets
the child is to help make him an
adequate human being,” she de
The next meeting of the group
with Dr. O’Neil will be at 1 p.m.
January 22 at the school, Ninth and
Ingraham streets N.W.
District Honors 6 Veterans
Here on Recruiting Tour
Six non-commissioned Army offi
cers today received the key to the
city from District Commissioner
John Russell Young as they visited
Washington on a recruiting tour for
the occupation forces in the Orient.
The brief presentation ceremony
took place in Mr. Young’s District
The soldiers, all veterans of cam
paigns in the Pacific, were led by
Maj. Richard J. Carmody, chief of
the local recruiting station at 403
Tenth street N.W. They will handle
the recruiting for their own divisions
during a tour of the 2nd Army area
in this country.
The men, whose service totals well
over 60 years and whose decorations
exceed 50, and their divisions are:
T/Sergt. Wavy Duvall, 6th Division;
1st Sergt. John G. Lyubanovlch, 25th
Division; T/Sergt. Everett L. Mc
Cormick, 1st Cavalry Division;
T/Sergt. Basil B. Moss, 11th Air
bom Division; T/Sergt. Eugene B.
Zemes, 7th Division, and T/Sergt.
Wallace C. McClaim, 24th Division.
Mrs. Jelleff's Will Includes
Bequests Totaling $38,000
Bequests totaling some $38,000
are included in the will of the late
Mrs. Eleanor Porter Jelleff, wife of
Frank R. Jelleff, prominent Wash
ington businessman. The document
was filed in District Court yesterday.
Mrs. Jelleff, 68, died January 4 at
her home, 2439 Wyoming avenue
The will bequeaths $20,000 to a
cousin, Mrs. Emily Austin Eddy, New
London, Conn., and $5,000 to another
cousin, Sydney Austin, of the Navy.
Other bequests were made to friends
and domestic employes.
Mrs. Jelleff willed her District real
estate holdings, as well as a life in
terest in property at Gloucester,
Mass., to her husband, who was
named executor of her estate. Other
property and personal effects were
willed to a sister, Mrs. Anne P. Pang
bom, 3505 Macomb street N.W.
No estimate was made of the value
of the estate.
On D.C. Revenue
May Be Ordered
Poll of Democratic members of
House District Committee on
District matters appears on Page
By Don S. Warren
Joint House-Senate hearings on
the problem of bolstering the Dis
trict’s inadequate revenue may be
A definite move to this end,
designed to assemble the most com
plete evidence in the quickest pos
sible time, is expected to be made
■before the end of the week.
As now contemplated, the sug
gested joint hearings would deal
with both the $19,000,000 new Dis
trict tax bill now being readied by
the Commissioners and the proper
size of the Federal payment toward
National Capital costs.
Formula Bill Reintroduced.
The latter question was again
placed before the Senate yesterday
by Senator O’Mahoney, Democrat,
of Wyoming, chairman in the past
Congress of the Senate subcom
mittee in charge of the municipal
supply bill. He reintroduced for
himself and Senator Overton, Demo
crat, of Louisiana, a bill to adjust
the Federal payment annually in
keeping with a fixed formula based
on the extent of tax-free Federal
land holdings here. The measure was
referred to the District Committee.
Chairman Buck, about the same
time, conferred at length with Dis
trict finance experts and gathered
data showing how the pending $95,
000,000 budget would exceed ex
pected revenues by at least $10,
Sees More Taxes Needed.
Later, Chairman Buck said he
was convinced there would have to
be new or increased taxes for the
District. Even with enactment of
the fiscal formula plan proposed by
Senators O’Mahoney and Overton,
he said, the District was faced with
a deficit of well over $6,000,000.
“Taken alone, an Increase of some
$3,000,000 in the Federal payment
over the present $8,000,000 lump
sum,” he said, “will not be enough,
with the budget now out of balance
by about $10,000,000.”
Planning an early beginning on
tax and fiscal bill hearings, he
voiced a suggestion joint hear
ings with the House District Com
mittee might prove of help.
The thought quickly was picked up
by Chairman Dirksen of the House
Committee, who said he would seek
a conference with Senator Buck
within a day or two.
“It is entirely possible the ar
rangement might be worked out,” he
Favors “Single Performance.”
Mr. Dirksen, who served last year
as a member of the La Follette
Monroney Joint Committee which
drafted the Congressional Reorgani
zation Act, said there were “many
fruitful occasions” when joint hear
ings could be held on major legisla
tion. The idea was suggested in the
La Follette-Monroney reports, al
though not written in the new Con
Putting the District revenue bills
in the class of measures subject to
joint hearings, Mr. Dirksen said he
could see no useful purpose in hav
ing Congress “go through the per
formance twice.” He said he was
inclined to believe -joint hearings
would give a “continuity of thought”
and a better presentation of the
issues than to have separate hear
If joint hearing are ordered, ob
servers explained, each committee
and each house still would be left
free to render its own report and to
arrive independently at its own con
Senator O’Mahoney said he had
reintroduced the Federal payment
yardstick bill “with the conviction,
which has not wavered, that the
National Capital, to meet its re
sponsibilities, needs a much better
Helped Boost Payment.
The Wyoming Senator led a fight
last year for an increase in the old
lump sum payment. Congress finally
granted a boost from the old $6,
000,000 sum to $8,000,000. Even with
this victory, however, the issue re
mained on a temporary hand-to
mouth basis and with the United
States still accepting no definite
proportion of the Capital’s costs.
Under the O’Mahoney-Overton
formula, the size of the Federal pay
ment would amount to about 19 per
cent of the budget, instead of the
present share of about 10 per cent.
Their study shows the Government
holds nearly 19 per cent of all land
in the District.
Senator Buck began a study of
District finances shortly after he
was named chairman of the District
Committee. He conferred yesterday
with Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler
and his deputy, William G. Wilding.
Sitting with the Senator was James
R. Kirkland, committee counsel.
Later, Senator Buck told reporters
he had received “considerable en
lightenment.” He said he had found
major reasons for the prospective
$10,000,000 deficit in the budget were
the pay raises granted municipal
workers last year, the liberalized
teacher retirement system and heavy
increases in charges for District
patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Church Unit Sponsors Film
The Young Adult Department of
the Francis Asbury Methodist
Church, 3146 Sixteenth street N.W.,
is sponsoring a showing of the movie,
“As You Like It,” at the church at
8 pm. Friday and Saturday.
Do You Know That
Last year there were 1,705,
600,000 units of penicillin given
free to small patients in the
wards ai Children’s Hospital at
a cost of more than $12,000?
A summary of the progress of
the building fund campaign fol
Amount needed #1,300.000.00
Contributed to Sunday _ 1,100,473.07
Received since Sunday 1,149.84
To be raised 138,377.09
Contributions should be sent
to the Children’s Hospital New
Building Fund, Thirteenth and
V streets N.W., Washington 9,
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