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MolWWs
Join D. C. Move
To Trim Prices
Douglas and Seidler
And Safeway Stores
Reveal New Policies
A distributor of kitchen and heat
ing equipment and a grocery firm
yesterday 'joined District merchants
who have announced their intention
to reduce prices.
Donald C. Douglas, president ol
Dpuglas and Seidler, Inc., said his
firm now is reducing its operating
margin “well below OPA levels
although our costs of materials are
still rising."
“Substantial price reductions” in
all lines the firm handles will be
announced "to firms we supply dur
ing the next 10 days,” Mr. Douglas
said. He added the reductions would
lower costs of veterans’ housing and
home improvements.
"It is our firm belief,” he said,
“that this is but the beginning of
a nation-wide movement which must
extend from the supplier of the raw
materials to the ultimate consumer.
We will gladly pass on any price
decreases which are extended to
us by the manufacturers we repre
sent.”
Deliveries Increased.
Part of the price cuts are possible
because of the recently increased
volume of carload deliveries which
mean, lowered overhead and hand
ling costs per unit. The remainder,
Mr. Douglas said, is “our contribu
tion towards a more stable econ
omy.”
Price cuts are going into effect
Immediately on kitchen cabinets and
one type of boiler the firm supplies
to retailers, Mr. Douglas said.
Kitchen cabinets are reduced to
$37.25 from $41.50 and the boiler
to $345 from $372.
The other price cuts average 10
per cent with some items cut as
much as 18 per cent and others as
little as 3 per cent, he said.
The firm is the largest of its kind
In the East. It put in the kitchens
in Fairlington, Parkfairfax, McLean
and Naylor Gardens.
Safeway Stores in a newspaper
advertisement announced “policies"
which, the ad said, “can and will
contribute to reducing the cost of
living.”
Two Policies Listed.
The first of these policies is to cut
retail prices on existing Inventory
when merchandise cost is lowered.
The second is to aim “the com
pany's .full resources and years of
experience" at reducing the “in
between costs of distributing foods.”
Meanwhile, Griffith - Consumers,
1413 New York av*nue N.W., an
nounced cuts of 50 cents and $1.00
a ton in anthracite coal.
By tomorrow other dealers are ex
pected to fall in line with the re
ductions, L. R. Potts, chairman of
the coal division of the Merchants
and Manufacturers’ Association
•aid.
axic cuts m cum prices ma-iK. a re
turn to the prewar policy dealers had
of reduefng coal prices each Spring.
The Hecht Co. earlier had an
nounced price reductions, an action
that drew praise from John R.
Steelman, assistant to President
Truman.
Also considered significant as far
as the ultimate price paid for auto
mobiles is concerned was the agree
ment of auto loan companies here
to operate under the District's Small
Loan Act,- which limits interest
rates.
Food Prices Decline.
Under the act, licensed companies
may charge up to 1 per cent inter
est per month on loans—the fee to
cover all processing costs.
Another sign of price reductions
was the report of a special Bureau
of Labor Statistics survey of 12
cities which Indicated food prices
dropped 14 of 1 per cent between
March 15 and April 15. This was
said to be the customary trend for
the period.
The cost of living rose 2 per
cent, between mld-rebnary and I
mid-March to a record high of 156
per cent of the 1935-1936 average,1
the bureau reported.
Meanwhile OPA announced plans
to wipe out rent controls in parts
of 23 States late this month. The
District, which has its own rent
control law, will not be affected.
Senator Tobey. Republican, of
New Hampshire said a blanket rent |
increase ‘‘on top of the present cost
of living’Vould be the last straw.” j
He described the rise in the cost
of living as “wrong and vicious.” j
urn Alexandria lavern
To Be Open Sundays
Historic Gadsby’s Tavem. 195
year-old Alexandria landmark, will
be open on Sunday afternoons as
well as weekdays, it was announced
yesterday. William R. Adam, mem
ber of American Legion Post No.
24. which owns the building, will be
in charge from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The tavem, where George Wash
ington is said to have received his
first commission in the Colonial
Army, is at 134 North Royal street,
Alexandria.
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Numerous requests have been received for the aerial photograph of the
Cherry Blossoms which appeared in The Star Monday, April 14. Arrange
ments have been completed to permit mailing of an 11x14 half-tone
reproduction of this picture to any point in the United States. If you
desire a copy for yourself or a relative, address Room 600, inclosing
' 15 cents in coin to cover all costs, including mailing by tube. Address
ghould be .printed clearly. Copies will also be available at the Business
Counter of The Star, 11th and Pennsylvania, Monday afternnon.
The reproduction of this picture is on a fine heavy glazed paper suit
able for framing.
ing Festival J
Of Arlington out Council
Three-year-old Edwin M. Freakley, Jr., 6f Fort Myer at
tracted much of the audience’s attention at yesterday’s Arling
ton Girl Scout Spring Festival when he mimicked performing
Brownie Scouts. He is flanked by Betty Robinson, 7 (left), and
Kathryn Gill, 8, both of Brownie Troop 28. —Star Staff Photo
Nearly 2,000 Arlington Girl Scouts
and Brownies took part yesterday in
the first annual spring festival of
the Arlington Council of Girl Scouts
at Fort Myer Riding Hall.
Mrs. Ruby Schor, executive di
rector of Girl Scouts in Arlington,
predicted the spring festival would
become an annual event for Ar
lington Scouts. Among those who
witnessed the event was Mrs. Dwight
D. Eisenhower.
The program included busic by the
Army Band, invocation by Chaplain
Gregory J. Locke of Fort Myer and
talks by Scouts Mary Lou Dodge,
Lauretta Gordon and Doris Corbin.
Arlington Troop 32 demonstrated
Scout investiture services. The
ceremony was followed by tableaux
depicting the 10 major scouting ac
tivities.
After square and folk dancing,
troop delegates marched to the
speaker’s platform to present con
tributions to the Juliette Low World
Fellowship Fund. The contributions
were received by Mrs. L. H. Weld,
Juliette Low chairman, and Mrs.
F. A. Mountford, Regional Girl
Scout representative.
John E. Taylor Seeks
To Run as Democrat
For Fairfax Sheriff
John E. Taylor, Falls Church,
real estate man, yesterday an
nounced1 his candidacy for sheriff
of Fairfax County, subject to the
Democratic Pri
mary August 5.
Mr. Taylcfr, a
lifelong resident
of the county,
has been active
in the Young
Democratic
Club, the Odd
Fellows and
Lions Club.
A veteran of
World War n,
he is a member
of the American
Legion and the
Falls Church
Chamber of Mr. Taylor.
Commerce.
Already announced are two can
didates for the House of Delegates.
Edwin W. Lynch, who is seeking!
re-election, is opposed by a former
incumbent, Robert J. McCandlish, jr.
Three candidates have announced
intentions of becoming candidates
for the Board of Supervisors from:
Mount Vernon District, a post to be
vacated by Herbert Blunt, who will
not seek renomination. Announced
contenders are Arthur I. Shaffer,
Earl Popkins and Robert Davenport.
Edward C. Sheads, incumbent
supervisor from Lee District, who
has stated he will run again, so far
has one opponent, J. Golden Blincoe
of Burke.
Two candidates have announced
for supervisor from the Falls Church
District. They are John W. Brook
field and C. B. Runyon.
Northern District PTAs
To Meet in Warrenton
The Northern Virginia district of
Parent-Teacher Associations will
hold its annual meeting Thursday
at Warrenton (Va.) High School.
Speakers will include Dr. George
B. Zebner, president of the Co
operative Education Association:
Dr. W. T. Sanger, president of the
Richmond Medical College, and
Robert F. Willianwexecutive secre
tary of the Virginia Education As
sociation.
New Ballston Meeting
Charles R. Fenwick, chairman of
the State Legislative Committee on |
Health and Medical Care, will speak |
on “The Need of Adequate Recrea
tional Facilities for Arlington" at a ;
meeting of the New Ballston Citizens i
Association at 8 p.nfi. tomorrow at the j
Ballston fire house.
Train Engineer Held
In Deaths of Two at
I
Hyattsville Crossing
Prince Georges County police last
night lodged manslaughter charges
against the engineer of a Washing
ton-bound Baltimore & Ohio pas
senger train which killed two men
in an automobile at -a grade cross
tog in Hyattsville yesterday.
The engnieer, J. A. Passagano,
7200 block of Walker Mill road, near
Porestville, Md., was released under
$1,000 bond pending a hearing in
Hyattsville Police Court May 12.
Instantly killed shortly after noon
when their car was struck at the
Melrose crossing were Frank P.
Leitch, 60, of 4812 Forty-third place
N.W., and Ralph R. DofHemyer, 44,
of 108 Fifth avenue, Tafcoma Park,
Md.
Sergt. Charles N. Thompson, chief
of detectives of Prince Georges
County, said the car, driven by Mr.
Leitch, was going west along Cot
tage road toward Rhode Island
avenue. The gates which are elec
trically operated without a watch
man, started to descend as the car
crossed the tracks.
Serpt. Thompson said Mr. Leitch's
body was found crushed under the
front bumper of the machine.
Mr. Dofflemyer's body was thrown
or dragged 128 feet along the tracks
and decapitated.
The train continued about a mile
before coming to a halt, police re
ported. A northbound train was de
layed for about 15 minutes while
wreckage was cleared away.
Prince Georges County Deputy
Medical Examiner James I. Boyd,
who happened to be in the neigh
borhood, pronounced the two men
Patrolman Amett Cord said that
after the car was struck by the
train it hit two automobiles waiting
to go east across the tracks. Drivers
of the cars were listed as William
P. McLean. Colmar Manor, and Paul
M. Ambrose. University Park.
Neither was hurt.
The accident caused citizens of
Prince Georges County to renew a
drive to have the crossing closed
or replaced by a tunnel or over
pass.
Walter P. Mulligan, president of
the County Civic Federation, re
called that four young persons
were killed at the same crossing
about seven years ago.
He said the subject "of doing
something about the crossing”
would come up at the federations
meeting May 1.
Mayor Robert T. Plitt of Hyatts
ville. said he wil^take up the same
question with the Board of County
Commissioners.
Mr. Leitch, who was a painter
and paper hanger, is survived by
his widow, the former Mrs. Pauline
Nagel, and two sons, Edward and
William.
Mr. Dofflemyer was a carpenter,
painter and paper hanger. He is
survived by his widow and three
children.
The bodies were taken to Gasch’s
funeral home in Hyattsville.
New Brentwood Post
Of Legion Has Election
Clifford Terwilliger, 3717 Quincy
street, Brentwood, Md., has been
elected comander of the newly or
ganized American Legion Post 225
of Brentwood.
Other officers are: James L. Rus
sell, vice commander: Herbert
Miracle, adjutant: J. Russell Samp
son, finance officer: Shelton 8.
Scruggs, sergeant at arms; and W.
L. Murphy, chaplain.
Dairy Club Names Officers
Billy Fleming has been elected
president of the Fairfax County 4-H
Dairy Club. Other officers are
Gordon Riggles, vice president:
Sarah Jane Middleton, secretary
treasurer, and Hoover Steele, re
porter.
4 i
Arlington Asks
FPHA to Change
Plan on 2 Sales
Board Votes to Urge
Agency to Delay
Action Till 1948
TBe Arlington County Board will
request the Federal Public Housing
Authority to reconsider its refusal
to delay the disposal of two county
housing projects until January.
At a conference yesterday, the
board instructed acting County
Manager A. T. Lundberg to write to
Oliver C. Winston, FPHA field di
rector, asking that the decision be
reconsidered.
Mr. Winston informed Mr. Lund
berg last week that the FPHA felt
it was not "in the best interests” of
the Federal Government to delay
disposition of the George Washing
ton Carver and Paul Lawrence Dun
bar housing projects for colored
beyond May 1.
Mr. Winston’s letter stated, how
ever, that completion of the disposi
tion of the two projects might take
until January.
The County Board three weeks
ago voted against establishment of
a housing authority to take over
the two projects.
Explaining its stand, the board
said it might be possible to obtain
legislation at the January session
of the Virginia General Assembly,
which would allow establishment of
a housing authority with functions
limited to operating the two hous
ing developments,
Hie delay then was requested of
FPHA.
The County Board, it was learned,
also decided to ask the Virginia
congressional delegation to support
its plan.
If the board’s plan fails, the group
will lend support to a move now
under way in Arlington under which
a group of colored businessmen
would purchase the two projects.
Accidental Drowning Ruled
In Death at College Park
A certificate of accidental drown
ing was issued yesterday In the
death of William Henry Beck, 65,
Havre de Grace, Md., whose body
was found lying face down in six
inches of water in a trash dump
on Calvert road, near the College
Park Airport.
Dr. James I. Boyd, deputy medi
cal examiner for Prince George
County, who issued the certificate,
reported the man apparently fell
over some trash while out for a walk
Friday.
iir. Beck was visiting the home
of his son. William O. Beck, 46i3
Fordham road, College Park, when
he disappeared about 11 a.m. Fri
day. His body was discovered yes
terday by Morris Hager of Wilder
croft, police said.
Mr. Beck was a fishing and hunt
ing guide at Havre de Grace.
Dates for Inoculations
In Kensington Area Set
Appointments for spotted fever in
oculations which begin in the Ken
sington area Tuesday, must be made
between 9 a.m, and noon or 1 pm.
and 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Ken
sington Health Center, it was an
nounced yesterday.
Inoculations will be given in the
center between 9:15 a.m. and noon
on three consecutive Tuesdays.
Persons not previously inoculated
should go each Tuesday, the Mont
gomery County Health Department
advised, as complete immunity is
not attained without the three in
oculations. Those inoculated in pre
vious years should take one dose
again this year to maintain im
munity, the department suggested.
Moforisfs in Montgomery
Warned on Tag Renewal
The office of Montgomery County
Supervisor I. G. McNayr yesterday
issued a warning to motorists who
have failed to renew automobile and
commercial vehicle tags.
The deadline for passenger car
owners is May 1 and for trucks and
ether vehicles, June 1. If no applica
tion has been received, a request for
cne should be made before the dead
ines to the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles, Baltimore, stating present
icense and title numbers.
Republican Women
To Meet April 28
The annual spring meeting of the
Federation of Republican Women of
Maryland, Inc., will be held at
11 a.m., April 28. at St. Marks-on
che-Hill Episcopal Church, Pikes
ville, Md.
Following the business meeting, a
uncheon will be held. Mrs. Helen
3. Fischer is chairman of the ar
■angements and will be assisted by
nembers of the federation from
Baltimore County.
Monroe PTA to Meet
Dr. Fred T. Wilhelms will lead a
liscussion on “Planning Leisure;
Activities for Children at a meeting i
cf the James Monroe Parent-;
reacher Association at 8 P. M. to
norrow at the school in Arlington.
JEAN MELVIN.
JEANINE HELLUMS.
HELEN MILLER
BROWN.
MASSIE
HAWTHORNE.
WINCHESTER—APPLE FETE MAIDS—Here are four attendants for the queen of the Shenan
doah Apple Blossom Festival. Miss Brown and Miss Hawthorne will be senior maids of honor
Miss Melvin represents Shepherdstown College and Miss Heliums the Warrenton Country School.
I k k
AT BLOSSOM FESTIVAL—
Willard D. Egolf escorts Nancy
Darby, the queen, to her
throne at the Bethesda-Chevy
Chase Cherry Blossom Festi
val yesterday.
1,500 View Renewal
Of Blossom Festival
In Bethesda Area
ine annual ueinesaa-unevy unase
cherry blossom festival was re
sumed yesterday after a lapse of 6
years, but the crowd was not as
large as expected.
Despite good weather, attendance
at festivities on the Naval Medical
Center grounds was' estimated at
only 1,500 persons, while a similar
number was reported to have wit-*’
nessed the ceremony from their
cars.
The Festival Committee previously
had announced it expected some
8,000 persons.
Miss Nancy Darby of Gaithers
burg was crowned queen of the
festival by Willard D. Egolf, presi
dent of Radio Station WBCC and
chairman of the Festival Committee.
Kenwood Blossoms Viewed.
Nearly everyone who attended
first viewed the cherry blossoms at
Kenwood as automobiles were rout
ed through the streets of the com
munity before festivities began at
the hospital shortly_after 2 p.m.
"lilancy was escorted from
the hospital steps after.touring Ken
wood herjfgf by an honor guard of
She was accom
panied t»y Miss Aim Foster and
Miss Jeanne Smith, her attendents,
and by Miss Jocelyn Freer and Miss
Drucie Snyder, two members of the
court during the District’s cherry
blossom festival last week, who
were her guests.
Folk Dances Staged.
The croud was welcomed by Rear
Admiral T. C. Anderson, com
manding officer of the medical
center. William L. Lebling, a past
president of the Bethesda Chamber
of Commerce, was master of
ceremonies.
After the coronation a pageant
was presented. It included folk
dances by students of Leland Junior
High School, a Flags of the Americas
parade, salutes by Girl Scout Troop
11 and Boy Scout Troop 211, and
a solo dance by Miss Dorothea
Smith of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase
High School, accompanied by Miss!
Joanne Hyde.
Music was furnished by the Wash
ington Gas Light Co. Band, the a.
capella choir of the. Bethesda
Chevy Chase High School, and Miss
Marie Handy, radio soloist.
Future Farmers Honor
Six in Poolesville .
Honorary memberships in the
Poolesville (Md.) chapter, Future
Farmers of America, have been pre
sented to Robert Skaife, Harry
Shelby, Charles Poole, Esthan Poole,
Clarence Offutt, jr., and the Rev.
Charles Michael. The memberships
were awarded at the chapter’s an
nual banquet Thursday night in the
Poolesville High School.
State Senator Roy Tasco Davis
spoke and guests included County
Commissioner George Esworthy,
County Agent O. W. Anderson and
James D. King, president of the
county farm bureau.
Prince Georges Dairymen
To Hear Breeding Talks
Prince Georges County dairymen
who are interested in taking ad
vantage of the artifical breeding
program at the Uuiversity of Mary
land have been asked to attend a
meeting at 8 P. M. Tuesday at the!
univerisity's dairy building.
County Agent P. E. Clark said he!
has been unable to sign up owners
of the necessary 1,000 cows that will I
enable the county to take part in
the breeding program.
Plans will be worked out at Tues-i
day’s meeting to enable county!
dairymen to obtain the breeding i
service. ‘;
Miss Darby poses among cherry blossoms in Kenwood.
Ceremonies were held on the grounds of the Naval Medical
Center, Bethesda. —Star Staff Photos
Gov. Lane's Daughter
To Visit Caverns in
Apple Blossom Fete
Special Dispatch to The Star
WINCHESTER, Va„ April 10 —
Miss Jean Cartwright Lane, daugh
ter of the Governor of Maryland,
will visit Endless Caverns next Sun
day in her first official act as Queen
Shenandoah XX-elect of the Apple
Blossom Festival here May 1 and 2.
She will be greeted by the Moun
tain King in ceremonies at the cav
erns, near New Market.
Queen Shenandoah with her royal
party, will motor from Government
House in Annapolis to Endless Cav
erns escorted by a Virginia State
Police detail.
A reception and buffet supper for
the Queen will be held after the cav
erns ceremony, at the home of MaJ.
and Mrs. E. M. Brown.
More Princesses Chosen.
Meanwhile, additional princesses
have been announced who will form
her court-ol 30 girls. They Include:
Miss Marilyn Belssig of Floral
Park, Long Island, who will repre
sent the University of Maryland.
She ’ is a junior in the College of
Education.
Miss Jean Melvin of the Shep
herdstown College, Shepherdstown,
W. Va.
Miss Jeannie Heliums, represent
ing the Warrenton County School,
Warrenton. She is the daughter of
Mrs. Edna Mae Heliums, 4607 Con
necticut avenue N.W.
Senior maids of honor will be Miss
Helen Miller Brown of Winchester,
a student at Richmond Professional
Institute, and Miss Massie Haw
thorne, also of Winchester, a stu
dent at Wellesley College.
Bands to Join Parade.
Crown bearer will be Ellen Mitch
ell Kalbach, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph L. Kalbach, of Winches
ter. She will take the crown up the
steps of the Handley High School
during the coronation ceremonies.
It also was announced that seven
visiting bands will join the firemen
of the Shenandoah and Cumberland
vsileys in the firemen’s parade the
night of May 1.
The firemen's parade is to consist
of nine divisions, and will include
marchers from Pennsylvania, Mary
land. West Virginia and Virginia. It
will be/followed by a fireworks dis
play- _
Holy Names Academy
To Have Fashion Show
The Academy of The Holy Names,
Silver Spring, will holdi a mother
laughter night at 8 p.m. Tuesday at
!400 Sixteenth street N.W., when a
’ashion show and musical program
will be presented.
Mrs. A. L. Maserick is chairman.
Students of the academy will act as
nodels.
Council to Consider
Order to Improve
Alexandria Jail
Improvements ordered by Alex-!
andria Corporation Court for the
city’s jail are to be considered by
the Alexandria City Council Tues^
day night.
Announcement that the council
would take up the jail situation
came on the heels of a new criti
cal report on jail conditions by R. M.
Youell, State Commissioner of Cor
rections. The Corporation Court
action last week ordering the City
Council to make certain improve
ments at the jail was the outgrowth
of report made by Mr. Youell last
fall.
Mr. Youell’s new report terms the
prevalence of vermin in the jail
“deplorable.” He wrote that “a
blowtorch will be needed to rid the
jail of them.”
The report also was critical of the!
handling of women prisoners. Mr.;
Youell reported that no attempt was
made by guards to determine
whether women prisoners were fully
clothed before entering their cells.
On a recent inspection tour, Mr.
Youell wrote, he avoided embarrass
ment on several occasions through
his own efforts to determine whether
women prisoners were clothed.
He further reported that he was
“amazed” to find peepholes in the
doors of the colored women’s dor
mitories.
Mr. Youell also said in his report
that the jailer is not paid the full
amount of his annual salary of
$2,600.
Corporation Court Judge William
P. Woolls ordered the mayor and
council to improve facilities for seg
regation of diseased prisoners and
relocate the jail kitchen.
Policeman's Hearing j
Set in Shooting of Boy
Pvt. Theodore Beckworth of the
Washington Metropolitan Police
will be given a hearing May 5 in
Hyattsville Police Court on a charge
of assault in the
shooting of a
15-year-old boy.
Beckworth has
been suspended
i n connection
with the case.
The boy, Don- j
aid Hammond,!
4908 Indian lane, ]
Branchville, who i
police say ap
parently was
mistaken for a!
turkey thief,!
was reported ini
gopd condition
DobsM Hammond. lagt night at
Leland Memorial Hospital, River
dale.
Nurses said that Donald was sit
ting up in his bed and that danger
of paralysis seemed to .have passed.
A .22-caliber bullet is lodged at the
base of his spine.
Beckworth, 46, a veteran of 23
years’ service with the Metropolitan
Police and, until his suspension,
assigned to No. 1 precinct, told
Prince Georges County police he!
had fired at two boys he thought;
were trying to steal some turkeys |
at his Berwyn home Friday.
Mrs. William Hammond, the boy’s
mother, said Donald told her he
was attefapting to recover some
chickens belonging to a friend and
had crossed Beckworth’* yard.
Inspector Walter H. Thomas,
acting police superintendent, said
the suspension was routine in such
cases. Beckworth Is free under $500
band pending the hearing.
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Buck Will Push
For Early Action
On Weapon Bill
D. C. Senate Unit
Expected to Consider
Measure Tuesday
in me interest or saiety ana pud
11c welfare, the Senate District Com
mittee will push for action this week
on the House bill to give police the
power to search persons suspected of
carrying concealed weapons.
Chairman Buck of the Senate Dis
trict Committee said he hoped it
would be possible for his group to
act Tuesday on this and on two other
House bills. These measures would
broaden the. jurisdiction of muni
cipal court over petty larceny cases,
and permit Juvenile Court to send to
District Court cases of juveniles in
volved in capital offenses. The Ju
diciary subcommittee Is expected to
approve the three bills tomorrow.
A last-ditch fight for summer-time
daylight saving for Washington will
be made before the House District
Committee tomorrow by Chairman
Dirksen.
Hopes for Quorum on Daylight Bill.
Blocked from getting House action
last Monday by a legal technicality,
Mr. Dirksen said, he would bring the
pending local option bill for fast
time before his group, with the hope
of having a quorum of the unit
physically present.
Absence of a quorum allowed the
bill’s opponents to block House ac
tion on the bill last District day. If
plans carry the bill will get to the
floor a week from tomorrow.
These issues top a heavy sched
ule of activity this week on District
affairs awaiting action on both sides
of the Capitol.
Teachers' Pay Bill Up Tomorrow.
The teachers’ pay bill will come
up for hearing again at 10 am. to
morrow before joint fiscal subcom
mittees of the Senate and House
District Committees in the Senate
room in the Capitol Building.
Other Senate District Committee
tentative plans include:
Hearings by a subcommittee at
10 a.m. Wednesday on the Senate
bill to establish a Veterans’ Depart
ment in the District Government.
Hearings before Senate and House
joint health subcommittees at 10
a.m. Thursday on the bill to license
and regulate undertakers.
Executive session by the Public
Service Subcommittee, probably
Thursday morning, on a bill to as
sure seniority rights for veterans
of the police and fire departments
whose services in the war deprived
them of promotions- A short hear-\
ing may be considered for a fiitur*
date.
Other Bills Due. ■ ' s i ■
Consideration by a subcommittee
at 10 am. Friday of the District
Commissioners’ bills to extend their
licensing power over buildings. Two
bills are before the unit, and one
already passed by the House.
The House District Committee to
morrow morning only will take up
again the daylight saving bill, but
will discuss informally two other
vital issues on which no legislation
yet is pending.
The controversial Dupont Circle
underpass, subject of a lengthy hear
ing by a subcommittee Thursday,
will be brought up for considera
tion Chairman Dirksen said. The
Public Service Subcommittees of
both the House and Senate District
Committees also plan to get together
soon in executive session to go over
the transcript. Representative Beall,
Republican, of Maryland, who pre
sided at the hearing said the big
question is whether the committee
had authority in the issue.
Home Rule Report Finished.
Home Rule will be brought before
the District Committee by Repre
sentative Auchincloss, Republican,
of New Jersey, chairman of the
Subcommittee on Home Rule and
Reorganization. Mr. Auchincloss
said he would make a preliminary
report on the progress of his unit
so far.
A new survey of the present setup
of the district government has been
completed for the subcommittee by
the Legislative Reference Service
of the Library of Congress. Its con
tents have not been divulged, but
will be disclosed later, Mr. Auchin
closs said.
The Home District Committee also
will consider a bill to allow up to
$480 a year to each of three in
spectors in the Police Department
for use of their private automobiles
on public business.
Hearings will be resumed at 10
am. Wednesday by the Judiciary
Subcommittee on a bill to regulate
television towers in the District.
Hearings also wil be resumed by
the Health Subcommittee at 10 am.
Thursday on a bill to compel the
wrapping of drinking straws in pub
lic places.
Falls Church Purchase
Of D. C. Water Favored
Secetary of War Patterson has
sent a favorable report to the Public
Buildings Sub-committee of the
House Public Works Committee on
a bill to provide sale of water from
the District of Columbia system
to Fall Church, Va.
Chairman McGregor said hearings
on the measure probably will be
held week after next.
Farmer Gasses
Groundhogs V/ith
Auto's Exhaust
* Special Dispatch to Tho Star
CHARLES TOWN, W. Va., April
19.—J. D. Yowell is gassing ground
nogs on his farms near here because
shooting them with a rifle got him
nowhere.
Using a flexible metal hose about
!0 feet long connected to his auto
mobile exhaust, he places one end
nf the hose into a hole, stuffs rags
iround it, and in two minutes the
groundhog is dead, he says. He car
ries the equipment in his automo
oile and whenever he sees a hole—
not necessarily the hog—he sets up
md goes to work.
Mr. Yowell said be has extermi
nated more than 50 groundhogs.
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