Empty Storage Tanks
To Be Tested Today
In Gasoline Seepage
Three empty gasoline storage tanks
were to be tested today in an at
tempt to determine the source of
the mysterious seepage which has
filled wells in Arlington’s Fifth and
North Pollard streets area with gaso
The three tanks belong to the
Washington, Virginia & Maryland
Coach Co., and were used during
the war. Their capacity totals about
17,000 gallons. A tank now in use
has been tested and found free of
Thomas W. Phillips. W. V. & M.
attorney, said the company agreed
to the tests.
County /ire Chief A. C. Scheflel
said he would move equipment to
the scene today.
Maj. J. F. McKay of the Army
engineers, was to confer with Coun
ty Manager Frank C. Hanrahan
today regarding drilling in the area.
Mr. Hanrahan said Saturday, how
ever, that the drilling would not
begin until all storage tanks, in
cluding the three empty ones, had
been tested. The drilling is ex
pected to'determine the direction
of the flow and the area covered
by the gasoline.
More than 3,000 gamins of gaso
line have been taken from the wells.
Bureau of Standards tests failed to
determine the source. Checks of
storage tanks used by the Chesa
peake & Potomac Telephone Co.
garage, a construction firm and
several service stations have not
given any clue.
The Bureau of Standards tests
indicated that the gas was not
from a fresh supply but had been in
the group for some time. The tests
also indicated that the gas is of
the "straight” rather than "high
test” variety. The brand could not
A specially-equipped fire truck is
standing by in the telephone com
pany garage, just across the street
from the well which has yielded
the greatest amount of gasoline.
Mr. Hanrahan said it was placed
there "just in case anything hap
Mr. Hanrahan last week suggested
that 22 families in the area move
to other quarters. Prior to his
recommendation one family had
moved and another was packing.
After his letter to residents, the
County Welfare Department moved
three children from a nursery in
Chevy Chase Thieves
Take Car and Radio
A series of week end housebreak
ings in Chevy Chase. Md., netted
thieves a 1941 automobile, several
radios, a fountain pen. a revolver, a
small amount of change and assort
ed household goods.
Frederick Kirby reported to Mont
gomery County police that his home
at 114 Hesketh street was entered
in his absence by thieves who broke
inside the house and drove away
in his coupe which was in the garage.
In addition they stole a table radio
and $2 in pennies, police reported.
A portable radio, an automatic pis
tol and a fountain pen W'ere taken
yesterday from the home of Lacy V.
Morrow, 6808 Meadow lane. The
burglars broke through the back
door while the family was away, ac
rording to police.
At about the same time an Army
type radio and a child’s bank con
taining $2.09 were taken from the
residence of A. H. Cromwell. 6604
Connecticut avenue, police records
Police detectives said they were
not certain whether the same thieves
were responsible for all the rob
Jack L. Warner Awarded
Army Medal for Merit
By th* Associated Press
Award of the Medal for Merit to
Jack L. Warner, production vice
president of Warner Bros. Pictures,
Inc., for his activities between Sep
tember, 1939 and September. 1945,
was announced yesterday by the
, The announcement said the de
partment called on Mr. Warner to
contribute his 30 years of motion
picture experience toward prepara
tion of arming the country. The de
partment said Mr. Warner recruited
and provided producers, writers di
rectors and technicians and estab
lished the first motion picture unit
of the Army Air Forces.
District of Columbia—Sunny and
mild with vhigh around 58 degrees
this afternoon. Fair with low about
45 tonight. Tomorrow partly cloudy
Virginia and Maryland:
Fair and slightly warmer in west
portion tonight. Partly cloudy and
Wind direction, south-southeast;
velocity, 10 miles per hour.
(From the United States Engineers, >
Potomac River cloudy at Harpers Ferry
and muddv at Great Falls: Shenandoah
cloudy at Harpers Ferry.
Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers cloudy
at. Harpers Ferry.
Temperature and Humidity.
(Readings at Washington National Airport.)
Yesterday— Degrees Per Cent.
i _ _ so hi
Midnight - 46 66
6 a m. —.. 3S Sy
l ::’>() p.m. - _ •'*
Record Temperatures This Tear.
Highest. 62. on January '-5.
Lowest* 12. on January 22.
(Furnished by United States Coast and
Geodet t Survey.)
H,ch . 11:19 a.m. 12:09 a.m
Lowh Wo» p.'m.’ «:s;» p.m
The Sun and Moon.
Sun. today - .1;!2 tiS*
Sun- tomorrow — ili an nm
Moon, today— 10:2.1 am 10.46 pm.
Automobile lights must be turned on
one-half hour after sunset.
Precipitation. . .
Monthly precipitation in inches ln the
C*fio5th(CUrr*nt Avef '- Record,
January - «*-*1 .7 $2 « ’*4
™:crT -. :i?5 ;5i
March -- 3.27 9.T3 '69
?PJll - “ 3.70 10.69 >9
h-n. *- " 4.13 10.94 00
"" 4.71 11.06 ‘45
August * : 4 01 11-41
September -- " uj hr'i "17
October Mt “ Vo -77
November - n
December — - 'l-3- '-ob 01
Temrcigiures in Various t-Hics.
High Low. High Lo»_
A buquemue 62 36 Milwaukee 45 .
\ Manta Nashwlle •_;?
s (antic City 49 45 New Orleans 4 .»
F <marck .>1 7- New York .»•» j”
Rr toil . 4 7 Norfolk •?£
Buffalo 47 34 Okla. City «7 3»
Chicago 41 36 Omaha J* : •'
Cincinnati 54 32 Phoenix <3
Detroit 51 37 Pittsburgh o3 16
El Paso 69 4/ Portland ■'*
Galveston 66 57 St Louis of 4.-1
Harrisburg 44 35 S. Lake City 50 30
Indianapolis 51 *b SaxiAntonio <•
Kansas City fto 45 S Francisco 5«
Louisville 5b :<7 Seattle.. 40 -U
Miami__ 72 bo Tampa- *«>
SILVER SPRING HIGH SCHOOL ROBBED—La Rene Rahn, 16,
Montgomery Blair High School senior, shows how robbers used
an ax in an attempt to enter the school vault Saturday night.
Shirley McCampbell, 17, another senior, holds two of the March
of Dimes cartons which were torn opes. Other implements used
by the robbers also are shown. —Star Staff Photo.
_ ----»- i
Damaged by Thieves;
Polio Boxes Looted
I Workmen today were repairing
damage done by a group of men who
j broke almost every locked door and
; cabinet late Saturday night in Mont
gomery Blair High School, Silver
They stole the contents of 25 out
of 28 "Mile of Dimes" boxes in the
school, $32 from a safe and 30 pounds
of sugar from the cafeteria. Daryl
Shaw, principal, said he had been
unable to determine what else may
have been stolen.
One large wall safe was severely
damaged but unopened. The safe
from which they stole the money was
an old-fashioned type and the
! thieves worked the combination,
j About 24 locks and doors were dam
Henry Kennedy, 74. night watch
man at the school, said the presence
of the gang was known to him, but
‘‘I wasn’t going to get myself killed.”
He said he was in his second-floor
room about 11 p.m. Saturday when
he heard people breaking in. He
added that when he realized there
were a number of prowlers he locked
j his door and stood behind it with a
chair read;, to defend himself.
"I surveyed the damage in the
i morning and then reported it to
police," he declared. “1 didn’t have
1 a gun. I believe it was an inside job.
’T've had enough of this. I want
to resign this week.”
The thieves made their entrance
by breaking through a firSt-*floor
ciassroom window. They went to
the furnace room and gym and got
axes, crowbars, baseball bats and
heavy metal tools with which they
iimmied and smashed doors and
locks. They left the torn polio drive
! boxes lying around the classrooms
They broke into a storeroom in the
cafeteria and even tried to remove
the lock from a refrigerator. They
were unable to open the refrigerator,
which contained about $23 in cash.
Australians Here Mark
“Australia Day" was to be ob
served by citizens of that Nation liv
ing in the District area at a recep
tion at 4 p.m. today in the Aus
t r a 1 i a n E m«
ance marks the
159 th anniver
sary of the
founding of the
Mrs. J. O. Makin
are hosts at the
A m b a s sador
observed "Aus- o. Makin.
tralia Day” at Foundry Methodist
Church by preaching at the service.
He is a well-known Methodist
preacher and a member of Foundry
Methodist Church here.
There will be no real peace in a
new world unless men and women
base their lives upon the Christian
precept, the Ambassador declared
during the sermon. He also said
the United States will'guide the
world in the efforts of nations to
achieve this peace.
Adventist Spring Parley
Shifted to Los Angeles
Seven-day Adventist church
leaders at headquarters in Takoma
Park have voted to hold the de
nomination's Spring Council in Los
Angeles, April 16 to 24, it was an
The meeting originally was
scheduled for Takoma Park. The
change was made to facilitate plans
for expansion of the denomination's
medical school.‘which has divisions
in Los Angeles and nearby Loma
Sixty church leaders from Takoma
Park will attend.
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Seen as Motive in
Shooting of Velez
By Ernie Hill
Foreign Correspondent of The Star and
the Chicago Daily News
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 27.—A lust
for wealth is the motive behind
Mexico’s current real-life gangster
According to federal agents here,
(Movie Star Jorge Velez, twice
(plugged by would-be assassins and
now recuperating in a hospital, is
the target in a fantastic plot to pre
vent his sharing in the fortune of
the late Maximino Avila Camacho,
brother of Mexico’s former president.
This fortune is estimated at up to
Valez, matinee idol in Mexico,
married Maximino's widow in a civil
ceremony last December. Bqt be
cause such marriages are often open
to attack in the courts, the couple
have been trying to go to Rome to
get papal permission for a church
Velez was wounded last month
when he announced that he and
Margarita Richardi planned to be
married. Thwarted romances were
(among the theories for the attack.
But the newest effort to murder
the couple has led the police to be
lieve that Maximino’s fortune is
really at the bottom of the fast- (
Velez was shot in the neck and
right hand, and his wife was
wounded in the left arm when they
were ambushed by machine gunners
last Saturday while en route by
automobile to the airport to em
bark for Brownsville, New York and
Rome With them was Teresa Bon
flgli de Richardi, sister-in-law of
Mrs. Velez, who was killed.
The late Maximino, a fabulous
character, and his wife had moved
in this country's top social circles.
He was a close friend of former
King Carol of Romania and Axel
Wenner-Gren. Swedish magnate,
while they lived here during the war.
Maximino traveled to the United
States frequently and was well!
known in New York and Washing- j
ton. As Minister of Communica- j
tions while his brother Manuel was
President, he was in charge of road
construction, railroads and other
He once staged a free public bar
becue and bullfight in his home
town of Puebla after returning from
a long trip.
His fortune was distributed in
several banks and some were even
hidden in cash when he died. The
largest chunk is said to be on de
posit in a New York bank.
Both Velez and his wife are close
ly guarded by police at the French
sanitarium here. Velez, who obvi
ously wants to get out of Mexico,
stated after the second attempt on
his life that he no longer trusted
even the police.
Arrests are expected quickly since!
most of Mexico’s detectives and gov -;
ernment agents have dropped alh
other cases to concentrate on the!
Mrs. Eden Flies to Join
Windsors at Tallahassee
By the Associated Press
MIAMI. Fla., Jan. 27—Mrs. An
thony Eden, wife of Britain’s war
time Foreign Secretary, left at 10
a.m. today by plane for Tallahassee
to join the Duke and Duchess of
Windsor, who are vacationing near
At Jacksonville she will change
i planes for Tallahassee.
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At TO A.M.—Studebaker "31” Sedan far an Ettate
Two Danes to Lead
Expedition to Arctic,
To Visit Pearyiand
By Peter Freuchen
North American Newspaper Alliance
NEW YORK. Jan. 27.—Two vet
eran Danish explorers. Ebbe Munch
and Eigel Knuth, have announced
plans for an expedition to the
northernmost land in the world.
Planned as a three-year junket, the
Danish-sponsored project will visit
Pearyiand. mistakenly thought by
its discoverer, Admiral Robert
Peary, in 1901 to be an island sepa
rated from Greenland.
Admiral Peary, who was the first
man to reach the North Pole, and
the only one not to go there by air,
made his error when he viewed the
region from atop the Greenland ice
cap. Looking between two mountain
ridges, he incorrectly surmised that
water leading into the sides of the
valley below joined beneath the ice
cap to form a sound. He labeled this
area Peary Channel, but 15 later
polar expeditions (two of them by
dirigible and the rest by plane) fur
nished information proving that
Pearyiand was an extension of
In 1912, Knud Rasmussen and
Peter Freuchen reached the outlet
of the supposed channel and found
it to be an inlet, which they named
This proof that Pearyiand was a
part of Grdfcnland, and thus a pos
session of Denmark furthered Dan
ish interest in the area.
Pearyiand is almost entirely un
known and the new Munch-Knuth
expedition is listed as being scien
tific and exploratory in nature. The
area is known to be free of the ice
cap that covers the rest of Green
land. and is comparatively fertile.
Earlier explorers report the exist
ence of numefous musk oxen and
Though now uninhabited, remains
of old Eskimo summer dwellings
indicate former life in the area.
The absence of winter quarters sug
gests that the former habitants used
igloos in the winter, and this will
be one of the secrets which the
new expedition will seek to solve.
Remains of Eskimoes who might
have lived in the area will also be
Though it is impossible to sail up
to Pearyiand, it is almost always
open along the east coast of Green
land as far north as the 72d to the
77th parallel. Caches of supplies
will be placed in that area, but the
main group of men will be brought
in by air in six consolidated Cata
These planes, purchased at a low
price from the United States Gov
ernment, will speed up the expe
dition's work. They also indicate,
to the Danes, an American interest
in the project.
One of the base sites of the expe
dition will be the meteorological
station at Morkefjord, site of the
abortive German weather station
destroyed by American naval forces
during the war.
Though still financially straitened,
the Danish government feels itself
under an obligation to keep alive its
scientific research in the North. The
cost.of the Munch-Knuth expedition
will be 1,000,000 Danish kroner
$210,000), one-half of which will be
furnished by the government with
the balance coming from private
Report on Race Relations
Explained on Broadcast
The race relations report made
recently by the Council of Social
Agencies was explained and defend
ed last night in the “Americans All”
broadcast over Station WWDC.
Included in the panel were Leslie
S. Perry, legislative representative
of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People; Dr.
Mary E. Walsh, assistant professor
of sociology at Catholic University;
Mrs. C. Leslie Glenn, member of the
Survey Committee, and Woolsey W.
Hall, president of the Federation of
Mr. Perry and Mrs. Glenn empha
sized that the Survey Committee
was representative of all religious,
racial, cultural, financial and politi
cal groups in the District. Dr.
Walsh attributed to misunderstand
ing much of the criticism of the re
port’s recommendation that racial
segregation and discrimination be
eliminated. Mr. Hall said the report
‘merely restated in practical form
the ideals lying at the heart of our
Mother of Gen. Fleming,
OTC Head, Dies in Iowa
Mrs. John J. Fleming, 84, mother
of Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming, ad
ministrator of the Office of Tem
porary Controls, died yesterday in
Burlington, Iowa, after a short ill
A native of Parker's Landing, Pa..
Mrs. Fleming lived most of her life
in Burlington. Her husband. John
J. Fleming, a Burlington banker,
died in 1928.
Gen. Fleming left yesterday to
attend funeral services which will
be held tomorrow at St. Paul’s
Church in Burlington, followed by
Besides her son, Gen. Fleming, she
is survived by four daughters, Mrs.
Harding Polk of Burlington, Mrs.
Wendell Grant Van Auken. Buffalo,
Wyo., Mrs. Wilfred Blunt, Colorado
Springs, Colo. *wife of the com
manding officer of Camp Carson,
and Mrs. Henry Chittenden. Owings
Mills, Md., and another son. John
J. Fleming, Philadelphia. Eighteen
children and grandchildren of Mrs.
Fleming served in World War II.
NLRB Report Stresses
Wagner Act Success
In Preventing Strikes
By th« Associated Press
In the face of proposals to
change the Wagner Act, the Na
tional Labor Relations Board
told Congress today the present
law has had great success in
The NLRB nofed in its annual
report to Congress that the act's
main purpose is to provide peaceful
settlement of disputes over the or
ganization and recognition of
unions, and added:
“The statute has served the pub
lic by decreasing such strife. The
fundamental rights which Congress
said should be the subject of Fed
eral protection are no longer be
ing bought at the price of economic
The NLRB, charged with admin
istering the Wagner Act, declared
that “adjustment of accumulated
grievances, real and fancied” after
the war by both labor and man
agement "was to be expected.” But
It said most of the postwar strikes
were aboqt wages, over which it
had no control.
Organizational Strikes Decline.
“The fact Is that the only kind
of strikes which the board was
created to discourage, those involv
ing (union) recognition and the
commission of unfair labor prac
tices, have declined sharply,” the
“Congress passed the Wagner Act
to provide a peaceful alternative to
the costly strikes which had been
fought over the denial of basic
rights to union recognition and
The report said union organiza
tional strikes caused 76 per cent of
all strike idleness in 1937, but the
figure had dropped to 29 per cent
Smith Would Equalize Conditions.
Representative Smith, Democrat,
of Virginia has introduced a bill
which he says will equalize condi
tions in collective bargaining be
tween labor and industry. He con
tends the act's basic premise now,
of protecting workers’ right tb or
ganize and bargain collectively,
makes It “one-sided” in labor’s
There are a number of other pro
posals to change the act, including
those to require unions to register
and make financial report and to
open the way for breach of labor
contract suits. The Senate Labor
Committee resumes hearings on
Harvey W. Brown, president of
the International Association of Ma
chinists. an unaffiliated union, de
clared yesterday that “the reaction
aries are striving to focus attention
on false Issues so labor will be much
weaker to fight offth the main attack
—yanking the teeth out of the Wag
ner Act, minimizing social legislation
and getting laws passed to help
monopolies in industry.”
NLRB Asks for More Money.
In an article for the magazine
Labor and Nation, Mr. Brown said
labor may have shortcomings but “it
has a long way to go to match the
shortcomings of management.”
In its report the NLRB asked for
more money to handle a mounting
number of cases. These Involve two
types: (1) questions involving a
union’s right to bargain for groups
of employes, and (2) charges against
employers of refusing to bargain or
of “discriminating" against union
The NLRB had a backlog of 4,605
cases last July 1. about 5,000 January
1, and expects close to 10,000 by next
July 1. The report told Congress
that unless the board gets more
money, cases probably will take twice,
as long to process because of the
Truman Asks 300 Million
More for Occupied Areas
By the Associated Press
President Truman today asked
Congress to appropriate $300,000,000
to supplement War Department
funds for "Government and relief in
The supplemental appropriation
was among seven requests totaling
$311,415,300 for Government oper
ating costs for the current fiscal
A previous appropriation of $425,
000,000 had been made for Govern
ment and relief in occupied areas
for the 1947 fiscal year.
The President also asked permis
sion for the Navy Department to
transfer $297,260,350 in available
funds to cover pay increases of
$168,000,000 for military personnel
and $76,000,000 in civilian personnel.
The administration in its 1948
fiscal budget asked a total of $725,
000,000 for Government and relief in
occupied territory. Today's request
would bring the funds available fori
this work up to that figure for the;
current fiscal year.
PTA Bazaar Planned
Fancy hand work, home-made
cake and cookies and candy can be
purchased at a bazaar sponsored by
the Parent-Teacher Association of
the J. F. Oyster School. Twenty
ninth and Calvert streets N.W., from
3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the
POLICY CASH VALLES
Utilize this service—to refinance an existing
indebtedness or to provide additional funds
The plan is simply this:
An assignment of the policy is made to the
bank a note for the desired amount is executed
(limited tcbthe cash value of the policy), and
you pay imerest of 110 every three months for
each one thousand dollars borrowed. Inquiries
Bank of Commerce & Savings
7th at E N.W.
Brightwood Branch H Street Branch
Georgia at Biney Branch H at North Capitol
’•SPECIALISTS IN LIFE INSURANCE LOANS”
Robbed Third Time in 6 Weeks,
Nisei Finds East Not So Good
Tom Yamamoto, 30, Nisei war;
veteran who came east from Cali-;
fornia after his discharge because
he thought opportunities here would!
be better for Japanese-Americans.
was robbed early today for the third
time in six weeks.
The slender Californian, who, like
his father, is a grocer, said his mi
gration wasn't working out so well.
“In San Jose my father never
used to lock our store when he left
it for lunch,” Mr. Yamamoto said.
“We operated on the honor system.
Customers used to come in while
! we were away, take what they
wanted and leave the correct
amount of money.”
Mr. Yamamoto said he has taken
it on the chin from robbers for the
“I’m going out and get the biggest
damn gun I can lay my hands on,”
He lest $115 at about 1:45 a.m.
today, he declared, when a colored
man climbed in his second-floor
bedroom window, flashed a light
in his .eyes and demanded money.
Because the thief held something hi
his hand which might have been
a pistol, Mr. Yamamoto handed
over the cash.
On December 15. he recalled, a
colored bandit, armed with a pistol,
robbed him of $30 and returned on
Christmas Day to get $30 more.
Subsequently, a plainclothes police
man shot and killed Ernest Latfson,
colored. 21. in a holdup attempt at
another grocery January 2 and
police announced later Lawson was
the man who had robbed Mr. Yama
Mr. Yamamoto served two years in
the Army while his family was in
a Nisei relocation center. He was
in the Philippines for a year, he
said, interrogating prisoners and
translating captured documents for
Upon his discharge last May, Mr.
Yamamoto moved here with 4his
young wife and went Into business.
Ruling on Tojo's Fate
Due to Be Requested
From Supreme Court
By th* Associated Press
TOKYO. Jan. 27.—A final decision
on the fate of former Premier Hideki
1 Tojo and 26 other Japanese war
crimes defendants may rest with
; the United States Supreme Court,
I Defense Attorney David F. Smith
said today in seeking dismissal of
! the indictment. *
Mr. Smith explained to newsmen
that his procedure would be to file
suit in Washington to restrain the
Secretary of War, under whose au
thority Gen. MacArthur is acting,
! from carrying out any sentence of
| the international tribunal which is
approved by Gen. MacArthur as re
The case then would be taken to'
the Supreme Court for argument on
the authority of Gen. MacArthur
and of the tribunal.
Mr. Smith earlier was rebuked
by Sir William Webb, tribunal pres
ident, for challenging the authority
of Gen. MacArthur as supreme
Although Sir William allowed the
defense to place its challenge of
Gen. MacArthur’s authority in the
record, he refused to hear it read in
The defense in its move for dis
missal contended that a conspiracy
among the defendants to violate
international law and treaties had
not been proved, that the Pearl
Harbor attack was not pertinent to
the trial because the United States
had received “adequate warning”
through intercepted Japanese mes
sages, and that hearsay evidence
and affidavits had been admitted,
thus prejudicing the rights of the
defendants to a fair trial.
In challenging the validity of Gen.
MacArthur’s' creation of the three
power tribunal, the defense argued'
that the United States Constitution
reserved only to Congress the right
to enter into international agree
ments, and Gen. MacArthur, a
United States citizen, acted without I
To Hear Judge Scott
Municipal Court Judge Armond
W. Scott will speak at exercises cli
maxing Finer Womanhood Week at
Miner Teachers' College on February
19. The observance is sponsored by
the college chapter of Zeta Phi Beta
Dr. Garnet C. Wilkerson, associate
superintendent of District schools,
will preside at the ceremonies at
10:40 a.m. in the school auditorium
at Georgia avenue and Euclid street
N.W. The week is observed through^
out the Nation by the sorority each
Cherrydale Group to Meet
The Cherrydale Citizens’ Associa
tion will meet at 8 o’clock tonight at
the Cherrydale firehouse on Lee
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Half Million Gallons
Of Fuel Oil Saved in
Fire at Bethesda
Montgomery County firemen saved
500,000 gallons of fuel oil from fire
yesterday by quickly extinguishing
a blaze in the Metropolitan Petro
leum Co. office at Bethesda.
The oil was stored in 10 large
tanks next to the building housing
the firm’s office and garage on River
road. The fire started in the office
and flames leaped within four or
five feet of the tanks, according to
Capt. P. L. Oldfield of the Bethesda
The blaze was brought under con
trol in less than a half hour. Fire
men and county police pushed about
10 vehicles, several of them oil-filled
tank trucks, from the garage which
is to the rear of the offices in which
the fire was confined, Capt. Oldfield
Martin F. McCarthy, one of the
owners of the company, estimated
the damage to the cinder-block
building and contents at about
$8,000. Origin of the fire was un
The fire was discovered by the
plant watchman, T. B. Milton, about
7:30 a.m., police reported. In addi
tion to the Bethesda department,
companies from Glen Echo, Cabin
John and Chevy Chase fought the
Miss Simpson fo Address
Democratic Women's Club
Miss Vivian Simpson of Takoma
Park, a member of the Maryland
State Industrial Accident Commis
sion, will speak on “Workmen’s
Compensation’’ at a meeting of the
newly reorganized Democratic
Women’s Club of Takoma Park at
8 o’clock tonight at the home of
Mrs. J. Bond Smith, 7059 Eastern
The Sherbow Tax Commission re
port will be discussed by Mrs. George
E. Robertson, chairman of the Legis
Officers of the club are Mrs. Arthur
B. Joseph, president; Mrs. Marie
Wilson, vice president; Mrs. Hilda
Olson, recording secretary; Mrs.
Aileen Nicodemus, corresponding
secretary; Mrs. Margaret Ray, treas
urer; Mrs. Helen Shure, parliamen
tarian, and Mrs. Laurette Collier and
Mrs. Katherine Simpson, auditors.
NEA Denies Charge
Of Company Unionism
In Teaching Crisis
A charge by the American Fereda
tion of Labor that the present crisis
in public education was caused by
"company unionism" sponsored by
the National Education Association
brought immediate denial today
from William E. Givens, NEA exec
The charge was made in an article
by Irvin R. Kuenzli. national secre
tary-treasurer of the American Fed
eration of Teachers (AFL). in the
American Federationist, the official
monthly magazine of the union fed
The article laid most of the blame
for the crisis at the feet of the NEA
and affiliated State and local teach
"The tragic conditions facing the
schools today, the low professional
status of teaching, the exodus of
teachers from the profession and the
fact that few young persons are pre
paring themselves for the profession
are graphic as well as tragic evi
dence of the complete failure of
independent associations to provite
for the professional interests of the
teacher," Mr. Kuenzli said.
Asks “Bona Fide" Unions.
“Organization of strong teachers’
unions affiliated with organized la
bor is the logical solution of the
crisis facing the schools,” he stated.
Company unions among teachers
must be replaced by bona fide unions
controlled by the teachers’ them
selves, he continued.
(A company union is one fos
tered or dominated by the man
Mr. Givens said the NEA is a pro
fessional organization of all educa
tors, not dominated by any one
“We believe in our democratic
form of government that teachers
should be in an all-inclusive pro
fessional organization of school peo
ple which stands on its own feet and
fights its own battles,” he stated.
“We believe we will be supported
by the American people.”
Mr. Givens declared any group
which tries to split the school pop
ple into opposing camps of teachers
and officers is doing a “disservice
to the cause of education and to the
interests of the teachers.”
Praises Based on Surveys.
“The teacher salary survey which
the NEA has been making every
two years for the past 25 years has
been the basis for every salary in
crease gained by the teachers,” he
Miss Myrtle Moore, president of
the Joint Legislative Council which
is composed of representatives of
44 District teachers' groups, also
said the charges were unfounded.
Miss Moore said the local affiliate
!of the NEA. the Education Associa
! tion of the District of Columbia, was
not dominated by administrative
officials. Many of the officers are
classroom teachers and although the
president this year is an adminis
trative officer, many times in past
years a classroom teacher has held
the position, Miss Moore said.
The president of Washington
Local No 8, Teachers’ Union (AFL)
Miss Mary Dent, refused to comment
on the AFL charges this morning.
She said she had “to go to work.”
Gen. McLain to Speak
“Universal Military Training—Its
Justification” will be the subject 6f
an address by Lt. Gen. Raymond S.
McLain, wartime commander of the
90th Infantry Division, at a meet
ing of the Military District of Wash
ington Organized Reserve Corps at
8 p.m.« Wednesday at the Interior
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