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Jl'l. . WASHINGTON AND VICINITY £ ' |
V U|V §1 MONDAY, MAY 26, 1947
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A. D. Noyes Quits
Party Positions
In Montgomery
Juvenile Court Judge
Acts After Protests
- By Republicans
The resignation of Judge Alfred
D. Noyes of the Montgomery County
Juvenile Court from his position as
chairman of the County Congress of
the United Democratic Organiza
tion, and also as a member and
treasurer of the Democratic State
Central Committee, was announced
today.
Judge Noyes explained that he
was resigning because of public pro
test voiced by representatives of the
Republican party in the county and
leaders of several citizen’s groups
concerning Ms holding the office of
Juvenile judge and continuing his
political activities. He was re
appointed by Gov. .Lane May 1 after
being highly indorsed by many or
ganizations in Montgomery.
Will Remain a Democrat.
Asserting that “certainly the par
ty’s situation in no wise affects my
work or the cases that come before
me,” Judge Noyes said, however, he
sees no reason to allow the criti
cism of his political activities to
continue. He added that he will
continue to be a Democrat and an
active member of the party.
The Democratic State Central
Committee has elected J. Bond
Smith of Takoma Park, to succeed
Judge Noyes on the committee and
also to the post of publicity chair
man for the group.
Lacy Shaw, chairman of the com
mittee, also announced today that
the members have indorsed the re
appointment of Ward W. Cadding
ton, of Silver Spring, for reappoint
ment as chief clerk to the Board of
Election Supervisors. This appoint
ment automatically carries with it
the additional position of Demo
cratic Officer of Permanent Registry.
-Clerk Recommended.
The committee, he said, recom
mended to the incoming Board of
Election Supervisors the appoint
ment of Eugene W. Cissel, of Gaith
ersburg, as a clerk in the office in
place of John E. Russell, recently
-resigned, and the reappointment of
Ruth C. Johnson, Helen P. Maddox
and Anna Edmonston.
The reappointment of Miss Rose
K. Dawson as assistant clerk to the
board and of Robert S. Billheimer
as Democratic custodian of voting
machines, also was recommended.
Appointment of Carey E. Quinn
of Bethesda as attorney to the Board
of Election Supervisors likewise was
recommended.
Three Drown in Mishaps
On Virginia Eastern Shore
By the Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va., May 26.—Three
persons were drowned yesterday—
a child, a high school student and
a Navy base worker—in Virginia’s
Eastern Shore waters near here.
The dead are Claude C. Canupp,
17, Maury High School honor stu
dent; J. C. Henderson, 40, a Nor
folk Navy base employe, and Henry
J. Robinson, a 7-yearlold colored
boy.
Mr. Henderson was lost when his
fishing boat capsized in the choppy
waters of Chesapeake Bay oft Ocean
View. His three fishing companions
were pulled from the water by crew
members of the Baltimore-bound
tug J. H. Coppedge. Mr. Henderson
is survived by his British war bride
of a year.
The Canupp youth, a Boy Scout
leader, was drowned while swim
ming in a sand pit near Diamond
Springs in Princess Anne County
with two young companions.
Body Found on Railroad
In Alexandria Identified
The body of a man police identi
fied as Chester W. Bradley, 38, col
ored, of Wilmington, N. C., was
found on the railroad tracks near
Roberts Crossing, Alexandria, yes
terday.
Police expressed the belief the
man fell from a train while hitch
ing a ride. His body was first no
ticed by a Southern Railway engin
eer.
Better Business Week
Marked in Falls Church
A “Better Business Week” will be
sponsored by the Falls Church
Chamber of Commerce today
through Friday.
Leaflets .and certificates will be
dropped from a plane and persons
finding the certificates will receive
prizes of cash or merchandise
totalling $1,000, contributed by
town merchants.
Miss Watkins Elected
Miss Barbara Watkins of Alexan
dria was among those elected tc
the board of directors of the Vir
ginia Conference of Social Work
ers, which closed a three-day meet
ing in Roanoke. Va., yesterday. Mrs
Mary Alice Roberts, superintendeni
of the Richmond Social Servia
Bureau, was elected president t<
'Reverse' A-Bomb
Seen Surpassing
Present One
ly the Associated Press
BALTIMORE, May 24 —The ordi
nary' atom bomb is nothing com
pared to the atom bomb in reverse
if the dire predictions of a Uni
versity of Minnesota dean com
true.
Addressing the Maryland chapte
of the American Chemical Society
Dean Samuel Colville Lind of th
university's Institute of Technolog;
declared that atomic fusion—th
reverse of atomic fission—would pro
duce “enough power to blow up a]
the world's troubles in one nuclea
finale.”
The fusion process, which woul
consist of joining the nuclei of sev
eral atoms instead of splitting then
would produce 10 times the amour
of energy released by uranium fis
slon, but, Dr. Lind said reassuringly
this type of chain reaction is nc
even remotely possible yet.
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Woman Delivers Mail inj_Weather and Old Car
By A. A. Hoehling
Neither snow nor the birth of
babies can halt the delivery of the
United States mail at Dickerson, Md.
At 7 pm. last Christmas Eve Mrs.
Margaret J. Kessler, Montgomery
County’s only woman letter carrier,
brought her wheezing 17-year-old
Model A Ford to a halt in front of
the Dickerson Post Office. She had
delivered a staggering burden of
Christmas letters and packages to
her 138 rural route customers.
At midnight she was in her regu
lar place in the choir of St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in nearby Bames
ville raising her voice in glory of
the Lord for the special Christmas
Mass.
And at 5 am. Christmas day Mrs.
Kesslei gave birth to a daughter,
Mary Margaret, in a Frederick hos
pital. r
Back at Work in Four Weeks.
Four weeks later she was back at
work, accepting the congratulations
of people on her route and plow
ing through some of the heaviest
snowdrifts the county had ever seen.
“But I didn’t mind a bit” she
protested. “I just drove as close as
I could get to a house, put on my
big boots and walked on through
the snow.”
A small woman, Mrs. Kessler car
ries some heavy packages. A crate
of chickens in one hand and an
armload of mail order catalogues in
the other is just routine to this
representative of the Post Office De
partment.
And flat tires?
“Why, pshaw man!” she exploded,
"I can change a tire in 10 minutes.
Can you?”
Studies Mechanics.
Not only that. She is taking a
course at home in practical engine
mechanics — insurance against the
all-too-likely day when her ancient
Ford coughs a tired cough and
threatens to head for the Valhalla of
overworked jaloppies.
In fact, the car is a hand-down
from her father, Reginald B. Jones,
now 70 years old and retired after
serving the same mail route for 36
years.
She says, though, that there is
every likelihood that she will be
getting a new car in a few months.
Long before her husband, William
T. Kessler, starts on his way to
work in the National Health Cen
ter, Bethesda, Mrs. Kessler is out
of bed and picking up her mail at
6:30 a.m. at the Post Office.
Before returning home she has
covered a winding trail of nearly
40 miles through the hills and val
leys of one of the richest dairyland
areas in the State.
Has Served Three Years.
By noon she is ready to head
the old bus homeward in time for
Mary Margaret’s luncheon feeding.
Her mother-in-law, Mrs. Herbert
WOMAN MAIL CARRIER—
Mrs. Margaret J. Kessler col
lects the mail at the Dickerson
(Md.) Post Office before start
out on her route. Her day
begins at 6:30 a.m.
Kessler, has been caring for the in
fant in her absence.
Mrs. Kessler, who is just round
ing out three years of service as a
carrier, says she loves her work and
that people are very nice to her.
Does she ever worry about hold
ups? *
“You know it’s a peculiar thing,”
she allows, “but even this old ma
chine of mine is respected. I think
most folk feel that Uncle Sam is
right behind that car somewhere,
guarding it.”
Prince Georges Sets
Hearing for June 2 on
Miniature Car Races
A public hewing before the Prince
Georges County Commissioners will
be held in Upper Marlboro at 2 p.m.
June 2 to determine if miniature
racing automobiles make enough
noise to constitute a public. nuis
ance.
This was decided yesterday by the
commisioners after inspecting a
220-foot track on Chillum road,
near Mount Rainier.
A number of residents of Avon
dale Terrace and Volland Terrace
have voiced their opposition to the
track, charging it “disturbs their
peace” on Sunday afternoons, the
only time racing is held there.
Authority Is Doubted.
Commissioner William A. Carson,
chairman of the board, said he
doubted if the commisioners had
any authority over the track, adding
it was "not a business proposition”
and that no permits were required.
He said advice on the question
would have to be obtained from
Waldo Burnside, attorney for the
board.
“Personally,’ he declared. “I feel
is is very noisy and is definitely a
nuisance and a traffic hazard. I
wouldn’t want it anywhere around
mp ”
Walter L. Green, Hyattsville at
torney retained by the Washington
Miniature Race Car Association,
operators of the track, said the
Commissioners ‘have no jurisdiction
in the matter.”
“The case will have to be decided
in Circuit Court,” he explained.
“The only thing the opponents can
do is to obtain a writ of injunction
against the tract, citing it as a nui
sance.”
Homes a Quarter-Mile Away.
Inspecting the track, besides Mr.
Carson,, were Commissioners John
H. Beall, Norman H. Collins and
Harry W. McNamee. Commissioner
D. Leonard Dyer was absent.
The concrete track is situated
opposite the Queens Chapel Airport
near two Washington Gaslight Co.
storage tanks. No homes stand
within a quarter of a mile of it.
Robert E. Kirwan, 4318 North
Fairfax street, Arlington, treasurer
of the association, reported the
group has obtained signatures of
more than 60 residents of the sur
rounding area on a petition saying
they were not opposed to the track.
Plans Made for Students
To See Virginia Play
By th« Associated Press
RICHMOND, May 26.—State Supt.
of Public Instruction G. Tyler Miller
has announced that special arrange
ments are being made for the more
than 130,000 high school students in
the State to attend Virginia’s his
torical drama, “The Common Glory,”
. to be presented this summer at the
. Matoaka Lake Theater near Wil
liamsburg, beginning July 17.
Mr. Miller said the plan has been
. worked out through the co-operation
of the College of William and Mary,
. Colonial Williamsburg and the
Jamestown Corp., and will enable
l high school students to be trans
■ ported to Williamsburg by buses on
» special scheduled days. Where over
' night accommodations are neces
1 sary these, along with meals, will
r be furnished by the college at mini
mum rates.
! Hoey to Speak in Arlington
Senator Hoey, Democrat, of Nortl
t Carolina, will speak at a “Ladies
- Night” program to be held by 12m
, Arlington Laymen’s League at th«
t Wilson Boulevard Christian Churct
at 7 pm. tomorrow.
I .
Prince Georges Tank
For Water Could Hold
Baseball Diamond
A steel water storage tank, large
enough to. hold a regulation baseball
diamond, is being built for the Wash
ington Surburban Sanitary Commis
sion in Prince Georges County.
The tank, second largest in the
world, will hold 10,000,000 gallons of
Altered water after it is completed
early in August. The only larger
tank, situated in India, holds 12
million gallons.
The structure is being built by the
Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. It is
21 feet high and 292 feet in diameter.
The tank is rising on top of Hill
road, about a mile west of the inter
section of George N.. Palmer highway
and Sheriff road, in the Seat Pleas
ant area.
The tank will provide more water
storage for the southern end of the
Sanitary District and more adequate
fire protection in that area.
A total of 1,205 tons of steel will
go into the tank, which has a quar
ter-inch thick steel bottom and a
steel top. The sides consist of three
seven-foot rings of sheet steel. The
bottom ring is one-inch thick.
The entire tank is welded at
every seam. The steel base rests
on the sides, to provide drainage
for surface water that might get
under the tank. There is a drain
culvert directly under the center
of the structure and a cement gut
ter runs completely around the out
side to catch rain water from the
slightly pitched cone-shaped roof.
The steel interior will not rust
because of the use of an electric
rust-proofing process, officials said.
This consists of hanging low am
perage electrodes from the roof
down into the ^ water at various
intervals.
It is expected that about three
weeks will be required to fill the
tank So that the system will not
be overtaxed.
Three Area Men Named
To Forty and Eight Posts
Three Washington area men were
elected officers of the Mid-Atlantic
Association of the Forty and Eight
as the association closed its three
day promenade in Norfolk, Va., Sun
day, the Associated Press reported.
Rufus G. Coldwell, Fairfax, Va.,
was elected president; Bernard Cas
sell of Mount Rainer, Md., vice
president, and W. Leo Collins of
Washington was one of six named
the executive committee.
The parley, attended by members
from 14 States, selected Baltimore
for the 1948 meeting.
Bethesda Garden Club
Plans Flower Show
“Beautify Bethesda” will be the
theme of a flower show to be held
Wednesday at the Battery Park
Clubhouse by the Bethesda Com
munity Garden Club.
The exhibits of 80 classes oi
flower, fruit and vegetable arrange
ments will be open from 2 to 5 p.m
and from 7 to 9 pm. Judges for the
show will be William K. Youngman
William T. Simmons, E. K. Bender
Mrs. P. G. Nutting and Mrs. Arthui
Sturgis.
Optimists Elect Area Men
Two District area men, Charles
Cooke of Washington and Harrs
Bendall of Alexandria, were electee
lieutenant governors of the Six
teenth District, * Optimist Interna
tional, at the convention yesterday
in Richmond, Va. Louis Lee Guj
:of Norfolk was elected district gov
! eraor.
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After finishing her mail-carrying duties, Mrs. Kessler heads
for home to take up her domestic duties. She is shown holding
her 5-month-old daughter, Mary Margaret, while heating the
baby’s milk at her home in Barnesville.
Arlington Editor Hits .'Apathy'
Of Officials in Long Bond Fight
Failure of Arlington’s public offi
cials, particularly members of the
County Board and School Board, to
recognize the necessity for a broad
program of puplic improvements,
today was termed the “saddest part
of the whole bond issue fight” by
the man chiefly responsible for
tomorrow’s school referendum.
Early in the war, Howard B.
Bloomer, editor of The Arlington
Sun, weekly newspaper, launched
a drive to bring about a vote on a
general county improvement pro
gram financed by borrowed money.
Office holders have since taken an
indifferent, if not actively hostile
j.attitude, he said, adding that he
recognizes the dangers of extrava
gant public spending, but the point
at which a program of public im
provements should have been under
taken was reached long ago.
"In the face of a clearly indicated
willingness to pay on the part of
citizens of the county,” he said,
"public officials have either stood
mute, or have gone out to fight the
movement just as hard as they can.”
In the nearly 11 years Mr. Bloomer
Dr. Lewis Named Head
Of Mary Baldwin College
Dr. Frank Bell Lewis, professor of
Bible and philosophy at Davis and
Elkins College, Elkins, W. Va., has
been elected president of Mary
Baldwin College, it has been ani
nounced by Edmund D. Campbell,
Washington, D. C„ president of
the board of trustees.
Dr. Lewis, a minister in the Pres
byterian church, will succeed Dr.
L. Wilson Jarman, who resigned
from the presidency in the spring
of 1946 because of ill health.
County Realty Board
Plans Dinner Tomorrow
Representatives from local and
national real estate organizations
will be among guests attending the
banquet to be held at 7 o'clock to
night at the Kenwood Country
Club by the Montgomery County
Real Estate Board.
Toastmaster at the gathering will
be Donald Chamberlin, Kenwood
real estate man. E. M. Fry, Bethesda,
is president of the group.
has published his paper, Arlington
has grown from about 40,000 to
120,000, "yet only two bond issues
have been approved,” he said.
Mr. Bloomer said his campaign
for capital improvement by bor
rowing “never got a bit of encour
agement until the Citizens’ Com
mittee for School Improvement was
organized in 1946.”
When Edmund D. Campbell, for
mer County Board member, voiced
strong approval of public construc
tion under bond issues, Mr. Bloomer
declared, he became “the first man
who, in public office, actually took
up the battle. This week Basil M.
De Lashmutt, member of the board,
finally said bonds for general im
provements would be ‘sound busi
ness. Daniel A. Dugan, elected to
the board last fall now supports
bond issues.”
“Arlington needs these improve
ments and needs them badly,” Mr.
Bloomer said. “The county can
afford to start the work now and
certainly it must start if, as a com
munity, Arlington is going to show
it has faith in itself and faith in
the future."
Benefit to Be Held
In Old Fairfax Home
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Pozer
present owners of a house said tc
be the oldest in Fairfax County, will
open their home and garden to the
public for a tea Saturday, June 7
from 3:30 to 6 pun. for the benefit
of the Women’s Auxiliary of Trurc
Episcopal Church, Fairfax.
The Pozer home is directly across
from the post office in the town ol
Fairfax. Funds will be used by the
auxiliary for their monthly ship
ment of clothing overseas.
Dr. Kernodle Authorized
To Perform Autopsies
Dr. J. D. Kernodle, of Alexandria
has been named as one of 29 Vir
ginia physicians qualified to perform
autopsies under the State post mor
tem examinations law, it was an
nounced today by Dr. Herbert S
Breyfogle, State chief medical ex
aminer.
Others designated include Dr. W
P. Frazer, Loudoun County coroner
and Dr. E. H. Marstellar, Prince
William County coroner.
With 138 rural residents waiting for her, Mrs. Kessler, with
mail bag over her shoulder, leaves the Dickerson Post Office to
start out on her 40-mile daily trip in her 17-year-old car.
—Star Staff Photos.
5 Legislative Groups
Will Pursue Virginia
Inquiries This Week
By *h» Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va„ M&y 26.—Meet- i
ings of five Interim legislative study i
groups have been set for this week
to pursue as many inquiries for :
consideration by the 1948 Genera! i
Assembly.
The first sesion of a Virginia :
Advisory Legislative Council Com- '
mittee on wages and hours of
State employes will convene at 11
a.m. tomorrow in the House Appro
priations Committee room at the :
State Capitol. State Senater James
Hoge Tyler, 3d, Norfolk, is chair
man.
Before the committee is a direc
tive from the assembly to report
with recommendations "as to
whether the State of Virginia
should by law provide for (1) a
minimum wage on hourly, weekly
or monthly basis for its employes
and the State thereof; and (2) max
imum hours of work with overtime
for extra work and, if so, the over
time rates.”
Welfare Meeting Wednesday.
Wednesday, at the same hour
and place, the Mitchell Welfare
Commission will meet. Headed by
Judge G. E. Mitchell, jr„ Halifax,
the commission was created by the
1946 General Assembly to make a
broad investigation of the State
public welfare setup.
A VALC committee with Dele
gate Willis E. Cohoon, Suffolk, as
chairman, will meet at 11 a.m.
Thursday to start work on two
studies referred by Gov. Tuck. One
will cover the matter of fixing a
lower retirement age for State police
than the general voluntary retire
ment age of 65 prevailing for State
employes.
The other will study co-ordina
tion of functions of the State Police
Department and the Division of |
Motor Vehicles.
Education Hearings to Resume.
On Saturday, a series of five
public hearings on education prob
lems being conducted jointly by the
Moses Commission and the McCue
Committee of the VALC will be'
resumed at 10 a.m. in Culpeper High
School. Subsequent hearings are
at Williamsburg and Petersburg.
Another major public hearing has
been called for 10 a.m. June 6 in
the Senate chamber by the. Public
Service Tax Committee. Headed by
Dean Raymond B. Pinchbeck of
Richmond College, the committee
is reviewing the system of assessing
and taxing public utilities, including
railroads, to determine if it should
be changed.
Mrs. Art Brown Urged
For Arlington Award
Mrs. Art Brown, 3818 North Mili
tary road, Arlington, has been nom
inated by the James Madison
Parent-Teacher Association for the
Soroptimist Awara, given for out
standing service to the county.
Mrs. Brown, wife of the associate
editor of the Nation’s Business, has
served as president of the county
PTA during the past year. New
officers elected by the Madison
group were:
Mrs. Christopher Garnett, jr.,
president; Miss Louise Brady, prin
cipal, vice president; Mrs. Ada Tay
lor, secretary, and Mrs. R. A. Quick,
treasurer.
Market Specialist Named
De Voe H. Willard, Baltimore,
has been appointed an assistant
marketing specialist at the Univer
sity of Maryland to undertake
studies in marketing livestock it was
announced today.
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GIANT WATER TANK FOR WASHINGTON AREA—This is one end of a 10,000,000-gallon water
reservoir being constructed on Hill road, near 8eat Pleasant, Md. Said to be the second largest
of its type in the world, the tank will be 292 feet in diameter and 21 feet high. The tank will
be used as a reserve for fires or droughts. 1
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two Children Injured
In Traffic Accidents
In Nearby Virginia
Two children were injured, one
;eriously, in weekend traffic acci
lents in nearby Virginia.
Anne Davies, 4, Vienna, was in
emergency Hospital in a serious
ondition today with a possible skull
racture and brain concussion suf
ered in a two-car collision near
Centerville.
The driver of the car in which, she
vas riding, Maurice D. Rosenberg,
15, Vienna, suffered a fractured
ihoulder. His wife, Charlotte Rosen
Jerg, 30, also suffered shoulder in
uries.
Jane B. Markham, 8, of 1502 Rus
sell road, Alexandria, suffered a skull
fracture police said when she ran
retween two parked cars near her
pome and into the side of a taxi
She is the daughter of Col. E. Mur
phy Markham, jr., Alexandria san
itary engineer.
She was taken to the Alexandra
Hospital where her condition wsu
listed as fair today.
Earl Freese, 52, and his wifi
Louise Freese, 51, of Littleton, Pa.
suffered minor injuries when thi
car in which they were ridinf
skidded and plunged down a 15-foo
embankment near Quantico.
Mr. Freese was treated for faci
cuts today in Alexandria Hospital
Mrs. Freese suffered a back injury
• In Washington, police said 22 per
sons were injured in unusuall;
heavy traffic over the weekend bu
none seriously enough to requiri
hospitalization.
Virginia Will Accept Bids
For Highways Till June 1(
By the Associated Press
RICHMOND, May 26—The Stati
Highway Department has announce*
that bids will be received until H
an. June 10 on 25 highway con
struction projects in Virginia, in
eluding a link on the Shirley Me
morial highway.
The Shirley project calls for 4.31
miles of dual reinforced concret
pavement, 2.02 miles of gravel sur
face, and bituminous surface treat
ment and a bridge over Route 35
on 644, in Fairfax County, at a poin
4% miles south of the intersectio:
of Route 236.
Other projects included:
Route 713, Fauquier County, 4.
miles treated roadway, beginning a
the intersection of Route 50.
Routes 605, 603, 1376-J and 66'
Fauquier County, 7.6 miles treate
roadway, beginning at the intersec
tion of Route 673.
Routes 621, 659, 1377-K and 771
Loudoun County, 5.7 miles of treate
roadway, beginning about a hal
mile north of the intersection o
Route 614.
Hecht Co. to Discuss
Silver Spring Branch
Plans for the Hecht Co.’s Sllve
Spring branch store, scheduled t
open next fall, will be discussed b;
officials of the company at a meet
ing of the Silver Spring Board o
Trade at 7 pm. Wednesday at th
Indian Spring Country Club.
Speakers will be James Rottc
sales and publicity director of th
store, and Harold K. Melnicov*
director of merchandise presents
tion. Special guests will be Miltoi
P. Schlesinger, director of industria
research and management for Th
Hecht Co. and Carl Bleiberg, publi
relations manager.
Thomas Jefferson PTA
To Install New Officers
Officers will be installed at th
meeting of the Parent-Teacher Asso
ciation of the Thomas Jefferso:
Junior High School, Arlington, at
o’clock tonight at the school.
The officers are Mrs. C. M. Rich
mond, president; Mrs. W. T. Peacocl
first vice president; B. W. DeShaz<
second vice president; Mrs. Waite
C. Homaday, secretary; Mrs. F. C
Appleton, treasurer; Everett Row*
parliamentarian, and Mrs. Adelaid
Pothoff, historian.
The. Thomas Jefferson band an
the Washington-Lee High School or
chestra will play.
Cain to Address G. 0. P
At Arlington Rally
Senator Gain, Republican, o
Washington will be principal speak
er at the Arlington County Repub
lican rally at 7 pm. Wednesday a
the Washington Golf and Countr
Club.
Talmage Wilcher, chairman c
the committee, said Republics]
committee workers from through
out the State also are expected t
be present.
A
Charleston Law
Hearing Is Set
In Alexandria
Citizens to Testify
On Repealing Control
Over Historic Sites
Alexandrians will have a second
chance to decide If they want the
city’s historic buildings protected by
law tomorrow night when the city
council holds a public hearing on
repeal of the so-called Charleston
Ordinance.
The hearing was ordered by a
five-to-three vote by the council
last month in a surprise move after
complaints of threatened commer
cialization In the “old home” areas
were heard by the council.
Adopted last summer, the charles
ton Ordinance is modeled after a
similar law In effect in Charleston,
S. C. It establishes an Architec
tural Board of Review to pass on
any exterior alterations to buildings
In the “historic” zone of the city
between the water front and Alfred
street.
Scope Called Too Radical.
Leading opponents of the ordi
nance have complained that its
scope is too broad and that It cre
ates unneccessary red-tape for bus
inessmen. Most opposition to the
law has come from Alexandria’s
merchant*. The resolution calling
for the public hearing on possible
repeal of thg law was introduced by
Councilman John Ewald.
Councilman Everett A. Hellmuth,
chairman of the Architectural Board,
believes the ordinance has not been
given a fair chance, and charges
that Its critics on several occasions
have reported misleading versions
of some of the board’s decisions.
F. Hamilton Seeley of 2 Potomac
court, Alexandria, whose complaint
of commercialization in the historic
neighborhood where he lives was
met with the Charleston ordinance
repeal threat by the council, said
yesterday he intends to head a dele
gation of the law’s supporters at
tomorrow’s meeeting.
Home Owners’ Fight Changed.
Speaking for a number of owners
of restored homes, Mr. Seeley said
“our position is that many of us
bought property in the old section
of town relying on the Charlwston
Ordinance. We feel that its repeal
would adversely affect our property
and that it would be a breach of
faith on the part of the city.”
Mr. Seeley added that he felt re
peal of the ordinance would be a
drawback from the entire city’s view
point. He. explained that the people
who had rebuilt and restored Alex- '
andria’s old homes from a nfear
slum status, had given the city an
asset and brought Increased tax rev
enues.
"If we are denied the protection
of the Charleston Ordinance, there
; won’t be anything left for us to do
. but to sell out and let those homes
rrt to what they used to be,”
Seeley said.
, Also re-scheduled for council con
sideration Tuesday night is a ie
’ quest of the Arlington Publi*.DtUi
; ties Commission to Join with them
, In seeking a gas rate reduction for
the Arlington-Alexandria area. Ac
| tJon on this question was deferred
• from an earlier meetiing.
Dr. J. B. Whitelaw Named
i To Post at Johns Hopkins
By tha Associated Brass’
! BALTIMORE, May 26.--Dr. Isaiah
l Bowman, president of Johns Hop
) kins University, announced yester
• day the appointment of Dr. John B.
■ Whitelaw as chairman of the De
• partment of Education.
Dr. Bowman also announced that
J the university’s program of after
; noon and evening instruction would
■ be consolidated into a single unit to
■ be known as the McCoy College,
1 after John W. McCoy, a benefactor
t of the university,
i Dr. Whitelaw, a graduate of Yale
and former acting dean of the
School of Education of George
3 Washington University, succeeds Dr.
t Florence E. Bamberger. Dr. Bam
berger, who has been associated with
• the university since 1916, will retire
I in a few months.
■ Students will enroll in McCoy Col
lege instead of in a division, but
• they still may take courses leading
J to degrees in the several special
\ fields represented in the afternoon
‘ and evening program. Dr. Bowman
pointed out.
Junior College Sponsors
Community Orchestra
r A community orchestra is being
j sponsored by Montgomery Junior
' College in Bethesda, Md., which
■ will begin rehearsals in September
t under auspices of the newly-formed
> music department. A committee
including representatives of the
, school and community will be es
: tablished shortly to hold auditions.
, All residents of the county, both
- amateur and professional, may apply
1 for membership in the orchestra.
1 Dr. J. R. Rigglemen, economics pro
! fessor at the college, has been active
: in getting the project launched.
Raccoon Eludes
2 Police an Hour
- In District Cellar
} “Shining eyes’’ had no romantic
meaning for Police Pvts. Norman L.
Richardson and James R. Carson
last night.
’ About 2:30 am. they answered a
’ call for help at an apartment house
, at 1610 Sixteenth streen N.W. and
/ were met by a quaking colored
l Janitor who said "eyes were shining”
at him in the darkened basement,
j, It was a simple matter for the two
. policemen to do a little investigating
and discover they were the eyes of
a large raccoon. Catching the ani
mal was another matter.
• For the next hour they chased the
raccoon around the basement and
worked themselves into a lather of
t perspiration* coal dust and cobwebs.
- Finally they cornered it, but the
- only way to capture it was to club
t the 25-pound animal over the head
r with a billy. So the animal’s death
was listed as “resisting arrest."
f It was 4 am. when the two men
l emerged from the basement and
• headed for a shower and a change
> of clothes. Where the animal came
from was not determined.
• .
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