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j| WjffWf^ c- JUvlUTly ^i(ll MONDAY, APRIL 14, 1947 _ ‘jU JLOi A JU 450,000 Attend Blossom Fete, Setting Record 100,000 Vehicles Tour Tidal Basin On Closing Day The Cherry Blossom Festival to day was acknowledged a “spectacu lar success” by all of Washington as estimates show that an all-time record crowd of 450,000 jammed the area around the Tidal Basin for the two-day fete. Sunny weather combined with fully blossoming cherry trees to give the throng of visitors and Washing tonians" a perfect afternoon yester day for viewing the blossoms and the festival pageant reigned over by the Cherry Blossom Queen, Miss wancy Anaerson, 17, daughter of the Secretary of Agriculture. \ Capt. Mark Raspberry, head of the Park Police, estimated more than 300,000 persons made their way to the Tidal Bp. n yesterday. This number, combined with the 150,000 who attended the opening festivi ties on Saturday, brought the total up to a record for the two-day cele bration. "It was by far the largest crowd we have ever had for a festival," Capt. Raspberry said. 100,000 Vehicles Make Tour. He estimated 100,000 vehicles made the tour around the Tidal Basin yesterday, the largest number ever to converge on the area. Another 35.000 vehicles were there on Satur day. , Edgar Morris, chairman of the Greater National Capital Commit tee, pronounced the festival a “spec tacular success. I’ve never seen a Cherry Blossom Festival click as has this year’s, our first postwar fete,” he said. The attendance exceeded by far that of 1941, the last previous festi val year, and a previous record of 183.000 set in 19&8. Thomas P. Morgan, general chair man of the festival, welcomed the visitors during both days of the pageant, saying that “during the past six years all of us have been engaged in other activities which have prevented our being as hospit able as we like always to be in our Nation's Capital." Pageant is Repeated. The repeat performance of the festival pageant began at 12:30 p.m. yesterday before the estimated 35, 000 persons who were able to get close enough to see Miss Anderson and the rest of the entertainment. The pageant, which was over by 2 o'clock, was the same as that pre sented Saturday with the exception of the crowning of the Cherry Blos som Festival Queen. The program included a United Nations presentation celebrating “Peace. Under the Trees,” which featured songs and dances of the participating nations; selections by members of the Columbia Light Opera Co., American folk dances by the Evelyn Davis Dance Playhouse Group, a “Peace Tableau,” and the singjng of the National Anthem by the‘entire assembly. After the festival pageant, cere monies were held at the Jefferson Memorial commemorating the 204th anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday. The observance was sponsored by the District Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Approximate ly 35 patriotic organizations par ticipated. A wreath from President Truman was placed at the me morial. Concert by Navy Band. A band concert by the Navy Band, led by Lt. Comdr. Charles Brendler, was given at the Jefferson Memorial at 8:30 p.m., closing the day’s ac tivities * All-time attendance records were made at the Jefferson Memorial arid the Washington Monument. The Jefferson shrine was visited by 94,148 persons by actual count yesterday. The previous record was in April, 1946, when 69,000 persons were counted. Monument guards registered 5,520 persons who went to the top of the shaft yesterday, 2,461 of them on foot. This is twice as many as ever climbed the stairs before in one day. 3,930 at Lee Mansion. Another record was set at Arling ton House (Lee Mansion), which was visited yesterday by 3.930 per sons. At the Lincoln Memorial, where it was not a record day, there were 32,812 visitors. In addi tion to the memorials and Tidal Basin all the rest of the District’s pa.-k system was crowded, officials said. Although the traffic was the heav iest ever seen in the Tidal Basin area, park police reported no serious accidents. At one time during the afternoon streetcars, buses and other traffic was backed up Fourteenth street as far as Thomas Circle, po lice said. Roads from Virginia were backed up with traffic for several miles. Red Cross first-aid stations treat ed a number of persons for falls, headaches and blisters but. no spri ous injuries were reported., Husband Kills Himself In Presence of Wife j By th* Associated Press FREDERICK, M$.t ADril 14.—City Police Sergt. Benjamin Phebus, jr„ reported that Otis W. Estabrook, 34, a construction company safety en gineer, shot himself to death with a pistol in front of the Frederick City Hospital Saturday night while Mrs. Estabrook looked on. The sergeant said the shooting oc curred just after Mrs. Estabrook got out of the family car to go on duty as a nurse at the hospital Mr. Estabrook had driven his wife to work from their home near Frederick, the policeman added. Dr. B. O. Thomas, 1r.; county medical examiner, termed the death a suicide. * Tuberculosis Group To Hear State Official “Sanatorium needs in Maryland" will be discussed by Dr. LeRoy R. Allen, actiftg deputy State health officer, at the annual meeting of the Montgomery County Tuberculosis Associaton at 6:30 p.m. today at the Rockville Presbyerian Church. Dr. I. B. Lyon, acting superintend ent of the Maryland Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and Dr. Karl F. Welte, tuberculosis director of the Mont gomery County Health Department, also are to speak. ^ , This was cherry blossom Sunday from the air. An estimated 100,000 vehicles rolled into the Tidal Basin area, and 300,000 persons viewed the blossoms yesterday afternoon. The two-day festival attracted a total of 450,000 persons, an all-time record for the event. The cherry trees ring the basin, and a throng is gathered near the Jefferson Memorial for exercises com memorating the 204th anniversary * of Jefferson’s birthday, sponsored by 35 patriotic organizations. —Star Staff Photo by Francis Routt. .. ^ » - .- ■ - oernesaa tommmee Authorized for Study Of Hospital Merger The Suburban Hospital Associa tion of Bethesda has voted to au thorize its Board of Trustees to appoint a seven-member committee to confer with a similar group from the Silver Spring Hospital Associa tion regarding a proposed merger of the two groups to build a cen trally located hospital to serve the entire suburban area of Montgom ery County. The committee was directed to explore the .possibility of such a hospital and make a report of its findings to the Suburban Hospital Association before final action is Arthur G. Lambert, president of the Suburban Association, told members at the annual meeting of the organization in the Leland Junior High School Saturday night the proposed merger would entail abandonment of the present Sub urban Hospital. He said he would name the committee an an earlv date. Hospital Is Leased. The Suburban Hospital Associa tion is under no legal obligation to the Federal Government, which owns the property, to carry on operation of the hospital, Mr. Lam bert stated. The association leases the hospital from the Government, which has the right to terminate the lease at any time six months after the war is officially ended, he said. Mr. Lambert noted it would be some time before a joint hospital could be built. It was reported by Arthur B. Solon, hospital superintendent, that Suburban Hospital operated at a $49,447 deficit for the year 1946, and that a campaign to raise funds through hospital association mem bership has produced only $38. 338.52. The deficit was attributed to char ity patients for whom-Montgomery County pays only $4 per day and the Community Chest only $5 per day. The Chest has recently raised its payments to $6. New Board Members Named. The association amended its by laws to increase the number of board members from 15 to 30. The following new members were elected: For three-year terms — Francis Hill. .Tamps T, TPplspr rc Poffo Hufty, Preston C. King, jr.; Mrs. Charles Hayes, Richard Barker, E. Barrett Prettyman, Mrs. Louise Granger, Mrs. William Sharon Farr, James Miller. For two-year terms—John Wheel er, William Lebling, Mrs. C. M. Tip ton, William Taylor, Mrs. Charles O. Herron. For one-year terms — Thomas Somerville m, Mrs. George A. Finch, Col. Hubert Schneider, C, S. Duvall, jr., and C. Eugene Doyle. Cumberland Weighing Council-Manager Plan By th* Associated Press CUMBERLAND, Md„ April 14.—A report recommending a council manager type of municipal govern ment for Cumberland was under consideration today by the Mayor and Council. Suggested by the Chamber of Commerce, the report is the result of a study by Dr. Joseph M. Ray, head of the University of Mary land's Department of Government and Politics. Although Cumberland is “not poorly governed,” Dr. Ray ex plained, “there is room for im provement at many points.”' This was cherry blossom time from the ground. The crowd that jammed the Tidal Basin area did not find much room for moving around. Jammed elbow to elbow, this group was photo graphed walking on the north side of the Tidal Basin. John T. Shreve Dies; Fuel Company Partner John Thomas Shreve, 50, lifelong Arlington resident and a partner in the Robert Shreve Fuel Co., died last night at Arlington Hospital. He was a member of an old Arling ton family. Mr. Shreve, who was forced to stop work last fall because of his health, had been in the hospital for about 10 days and underwent1 an operation a week ago. With his father and a brother, j Arthur, Mr. Shreve founded the fuel concern before the last war. The elder Mr. Shreve died several years ago. Mr. Shreve served in the Army during World War I. Surviving are his widow, the for mer Irene Jenkins; four brothers. Arthur, Lewis E„ Ernest M. and Wallace H., and four sisters, Mrs. Thomas Corbin, Mrs. John Roun tree, Mrs. Arthur Burkp and Mrs. Elsie Butt. Dr. Betts Will Edit Book Under Guggenheim Fund Dr. Edwin Morris Betts, associate j professor of biology at the Uni-i versity of Virginia, has beqn award ed a fellowship by the John Simon' Guggenheim Memorial Foundation1 to prepare an edition of Thomas Jefferson's “Farm Book.’’ Dr. Betts edited “Thomas Jeffer son’s Garden Book” and was the author of “Thomas Jefferson’s Flower Garden at Monticello.” A total of 122 fellowships, repre senting a cash value of $310,000, were awarded in a list made public today by the foundation. •v Virginia Oil Boom Under Way With Dozen Wells in Operation By the Associated Press EWING, Va., April 14.—A dozen oil wells in operation, plus another dozen in various stages of drilling, are bringing an unprecedented boom to parts of Lee County, Virginia’s first oil field. Oil and gas rights to an estimated 60,000 acres of land, running down the Powell River Valley across the Tennessee line, have been leased by a half dozen companies, speculators and independent drillers. Operators of the exsiting wells have offered no figures on produc tion, but local businessmen and property owners who have watched the drillings and pumping opera tions estimated that the daily out put is about 400 barrels. Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA Group to Meet The annual meeting of the Be thesda-Chevy Chase Area Commit tee of the Montgomery County YMCA will be held at 8 pm. to morrow in the Chevy Chase Meth odist Church. A Management Committee will be elected and refreshments served bv Tri-Hi-Y girls. Red Cross Chapter to Meet A meeting of the Silver Spring branch, Montgomery County chap ter, American Red Cross, will be held at 2 pm. tomorrow at its head quarters, 921 Silver Spring avenue, Mrs. Walter R. Crossan, branch chairman, announced. Robert Fulkerson, a Ewing pro moter, said one of the top producing wells is yielding at least 100 barrels a day, worth $300 or more at the spot. The Rouge Oil Co., a Louisana concern, which began operations in this area year ago last February, owns the successful wells sunk thus far. Lester Trahan, Rouge repre sentative in Ewing, said the com pany is shipping Lee County oil by truck to Middlesboro, Ky., $bout 20 miles away, for delivery to refineries. Mr. Fulkerson said about 60 acres of land has been bought for a re finery if oil production reaches the point where local refining would be practical. |Greenbelt Will Install Jewish Center Officers Charles E. Cormack, Greenbelt community manager, will install officers of the Jewish Community Center tonight in the Greenbelt School. Rabbi Morris A. Sandhaus will introduce Mr. Cormack. David Fisher, chairman of the Nominating and Elections Commit tee, is in charge of the program. Arlington PTA to Meet The Parent-Teacher Association of the Charles A. Stewart Element ary School, Arlington, will meet at 8:15 pm. tomorrow. M. C. Huppuch, chairman of the recreational divi sion, Arlington Community Council, will apeak. Forensic Winners Named in Virginia By the Associated Press FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 14—Winners in District 2, Group 2, Literary and Forensic Meet at James Monroe High School were announced here after competition among 70 students from 10 Vir ginia high schools. The winners: Debating—best affirmative, Mount Vernon high, near Alexandria. Best negative—Glenn Allen (Raymond Taylor, Bobby Cross and Paul San ders.) Boys’ public speaking — Osbum High, Manassas; girls' public speak ing—Edna Canthron, Varina High. Boys’ prose reading—Mount Ver non High; girls’ prose reading— Mount Vernon High. Poetry—Osbum High. Spelling—Helen Beadles, Varina High. The winners will compete in the State contest at Charlottesville, April 26. ■ ■ ■ - — ■ » De Molay in Virginia Plans Richmond Meeting By the Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., April 14.—The State conclave of the Order of De Molay will be held here Friday night and Saturday, A. Douglas Smith, jr„ member of the Grand Council for Virginia, announced yesterday. The honorary degree of Legion of Honor will be conferred on Roger Sullivan, city treasurer of Alexan dria. Hearing in Fairfax On 8 Rezoning Pleas Set for Wednesday Eight applications for rezoning will be considered at a public hear ing by the Fairfax County Board oi Supervisors, at 10 a.m., Wednesday Included is a request from King’s Kitchen, Inc., to have rezoned from suburban residence district to gen eral business district, a portion ol the Greer Tract, Lee boulevard, near Falls Church. The applicant plans to erect a shopping center and hotel, Other applications include: Max Stein, to rezone from urban residence to rural business, a parcel of land on Little River Turnpike, near Alexandria, to build a grocery George C. Landrith, to rezone from suburban residence to general business, a parcel in New Alexan dria, to build a shopping center. M. A. Moore, to rezone from sub urban residence to general business a tract on Fort Hunt road, to erect ft c.omrrmnit.v Rhnnnfrux nenFor Mary C. Lewis and A. E. Simp kins, to rezone from suburban resi dence to rural business, a tract ir Lincolnia, to erect an auto repaii service. Floyd B. Tilley, to rezone from suburban residence to general busi ness a parcel in Groveton, to build a hardware store and apartments. Joseph C. Geraci, to rezone from suburban residence to general busi ness a tract at Groveton, to erect an apartment building. John E. Ellison, to rezone from rural residence to rural business a tract in Centerville, to erect a service station. Arlington Schedules Test On High School Completion The State high school completion examination will be held in Arling ton on May 2, the County School Department announced. The examination is for persons who have finished or are finishing courses in ptiblic or private non accredited high schools or who have acquired the equivalent of a high school education through means other than high school classes. Successful candidates will be given certificates of completion of the equivalent of a high school course. Subjects covered by the examina tion will include English, social stud 1 AC _.1 m -* wv, uiwviibutaviu}, auu X\JX" eign language. Applications for the examination must be received in the office of Schools Supt. Fletcher Kemp by April 20. Domestic Cases Rise 38 Pet. in Arlington Juvenile cases decreased 40 per cent and domestic relations cases increased 38 per cent in Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Re lations Court in February and March as against the same period in 1946, Judge Hugh Reid reported. In February and March, 1946, there wpre 49 Juvenile cases com pared with 29 in the past two months. For the period last year domestic relations cases totaled 21 as against 29 for the 1947 period. Budwesky Returns To Desk in Alexandria Alexandria City Manager Carl Budwesky returned to his desk to day after a six-weeks leave of ab sence. Mr. Budwesky spent his leave in Florida. Originally scheduled to be back April 1, he was granted to two week extension by City Council. J. W. Ferguson Gets Revenue Post in Fairfax Deputy Collector Named Successor To J. U. Kincheloe John WoodviUe Ferguson, 42, of Clifton, Va„ today was appointed commissioner of revenue for Fairfax County by Circuit Judge Paul E. Brown. Mr. Ferguson succeeds James U. Kincheloe, 68, of Fairfax, who died unexpectedly Friday. Mr. Ferguson is a former member of the Fairfax County Democratic Executive Committee and a former president of the Young Democratic Club. For the last seven years he has been employed as a deputy collector of internal revenue, working out of the Richmond office. Heeld Internal Revenue Post For three years during that period he was head of the social security division of the Internal Revenue Service for Virginia. The new commissioner of revenue is the son of Dr. and Mrs. James H, Ferguson of Clifton. Dr. Ferguson is one of the oldest practicing phy sicians in the county. Prior to his Government service, Mr. Ferguson was a farmer, and he still operates his father’s farm at Clifton. He is married and has a son, James Breckinbridge, 7, and a daughter, Mary Frances Ferguson, a rfn/lnni — 4- Iff. _ . •• -- Ab iiai * risonburg, Va. Another son, John W. Ferguson, jr„ a Coast Guards man, was lost during the war while serving in the Pacific. Was Candidate for Sheriff. Mr. Ferguson is expected to qual ify before County Cleric Thomas P. Chapman, jr„ within the next few days. The new commissioner was an unsuccessful candidate for sheriff in the Democratic primary in 1939. Mr. Kincheloe, who had served as Commissioner of Revenue for Fair fax County since 1920, was stricken while addressing a meeting of the Mount Vernon District League of Women Voters Thursday night. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage sev eral hours later at his home. Hearing Tomorrow On Arlington Taxes Arlington residents will express their views on a proposed 10 per cent increase in the county tax rat* tomorrow night at the annual bud get hearing of the county board at the courthouse. The proposed budget, which must be acted on by the county board by April 30, amounts to $5,352,371, in cluding $1,693,179 for schools. The current tax rate of $3 per $100 of assessed valuation, includes $1.75 for general county purposes and $125 for schools. Any tax increase would be used to make “necessary capital improve ments,” according to the public notice of the proposal made by the Doara. me notice states the board will consider increasing the rate from $3 to (3.30. County Board Chairman Basil M, DeLashmutt said the proposed bud get contains slightly more than $100,000 for "major items of capital impravements.” The board chairman said certain capital improvements might not be provided in any bond issue au thorized later this year. A public hearing will be held on the night of April 22 by the board on a bond issue, tentatively set for $5,000,000, for capital improvements. Budget estimates for the coming fiscal year are based on an assessed valuation of $111,528,923. VA Urged to Name Hospital For Arlington Soldier A suggestion that the Veterans’ Administration Hospital to be built in Arlington on the Nevius tract be named the “MacDonald General Hospital” in honor of Lawrence R, MacDonald, Arlington resident who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge, has been adopted by the Fort Myer Heights Citizens’ Association. The association also indorsed the Civic Federation’s request that the 1947-48 county budget include $31, 500 for 15 additional policemen; $22, 000 for two new pieces of fire equip ment and funds for three additional public health nurses and a fulltime central registrar for voters. The group voted to oppose any tax in crease. The association instructed its Safety Committee to confer with the acting county manager regarding large sewer openings in several areas into which a child or animal might fall. 300 Expected to Attend Richmond Retail Session By the Associated Pros RICHMOND, Va., April 14.—More than 300 Virginia businessmen and educators are'expected to attend a retail personnel conference here Friday. "Building more productive em ployes” will be the theme of the meeting, which is sponsored Jointly by the State Department of Dis tributive Education, the Virginia Retail Merchants Association and the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. Martin Plant Union Votes Strike Notice •y Associated Press BALTIMORE, April 14.—Members of local 738 CIO United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Workers employed by the Glenn L. Martin Co. voted unanimously yesterday to file a 30-day strike notice, union officials reported. Unionists said the principal griev ances were seniority pr vileges. job reclassification and wage increases. The factory employs about 17,000 persons. Izaak Walton Group to Meet The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chap ter of the Izaak Waltsn League will hold a dinner meeting at the Field Trials Club house on Burdette road, near Bradley boulevard, at 6:30 pm. Wednesday.