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WASHINGTON, D. C. TUESDAY, JULY 8, 1947 Gun to Be Tested For Clue in Death Of Court Aide Missing Car, Man Also Sought in Fairfax County Washington police ballistics ex perts will be asked to test the gun found near the body of Norman Le Roy Plank, a court clerk, in his sister’s spacious Virginia home in the hope it might yield some clue to his mysterious death, Fairfax County police said today. Mr. Plank, a deputy clerk in the Small Claims Court here, was found dead by his nephew, Donald Burrer, early yesterday in the basement recreation room of his sister’s home at 4108 Forest lane, Chesterbrook Woods, near Falls Church, Va. He had been shot through the head with a .22-caliber bullet. He was 29 and a war veteran. Five steps from the .bottom of the cellar stairs was a .22-caliber targes pistol which police believe to be the death weapon. A small hand towel, however, wras found on the steps near the pistol and police fear it had been used to wipe fingerprints from the weapon. Suicide yerdici wiuiarawn. A suicide certificate issued by Coroner Nelson Podolnick after ex amining the body yesterday was withdrawn in the afternoon after police discovered, that the car be longing to Mr. Plank’s sister, Mrs. Nellie L. Burrer, was missing. Virginia police said today they had Issued a lookout “to the 48 States" for the missing car. They also are seeking a mysterious “walkie-talkie salesman” with whom Mrs. Burrer said she talked when she called her brother on the phone last Saturday. Measurements of the path of the bullet, Mr. Plank's height, and his position on the basement floor by the cellar stairs were uhder way to determine positively whether he could have shot himself or, if he was murdered, the angle from which the pistol was fired. After a post-mortem examination ’at Alexandria Hospital last night, Dr. Podolnick reported that bul let had entered the right temple, gone through the brain and “prac tically fractured the other side of the skull.” Shot Fired at Close Range. Dr. Podolnick said he had found little evidence of powder burns, but he was sure the bullet had been fired at close range because of the damage to the other side of the skull. Two small bruises were noted on MrvPlank’s back which could have been caused by a fall, the coroner said. Fairfax County police said they had enough to go on to warrant & murder investigation on the basis of these facts: 1. A 1940 black four-door Buick sedan, owned by Mr. Plank’s sister, was missing from the garage. 2. Dirty clothes, belonging to a stranger, were found in the house and a pair of trousers, belonging to Mrs. Burrer’s son, Donald, were missing. 3. There was evidence that a stranger had slept in the house. 4. Although nothing besides the trousers, and possibly a shirt was known to be missing, bureau drawers had been ransacked and Mr. Planks wallet was empty with his identifi cation papers scattered. 5. Mrs. Burrer’s assertion that she ii_j t__ i,-vv\rr fplpnhnnr with a stranger introduced by her brother on Saturday. « 6. The long distance of the pistol from the body. Review Background. Detective James M. Mahoney and Robert W. Burton, attorney and family friend, gave this account cf the events leading up to the finding of the body: Mrs. Burrer said she telephoned Mr. Plank from Maryland where she was visiting, about 3 p.m. Saturday to find out how he was feeling. In that conversation, she said Mr. Plank told her: “Well, I’m not alone. I’ve got some one with me who has had automobile trouble. He’s a very nice chap. I'll put him on and introduce him.” Mr. Plank, she said, then gave the man’s name but because of a bad telephone connection Mrs. Burrer understood it vaguely as “John ’ or ’ Don.” “Walkie-Talkie Salesman.” The stranger spoke as if he were an educated man, ikrs. Burrer said. He told her he was a “walkie-talkie salesman." she recalled, and said it was “awfully nice of your brother to give me a hand. He was very hos pitable. I hope to meet you some time and express my appreciation.” Mr. Plank, according to his sis ter's story, then came back on the line, again said something about the stranger’s car having broken down and said he had picked up the man while returning Friday night from Washington. He had gone to Washington to drive home some friends who had been attend ing a party at the Burrer home. Mrs. Burrer’s son came home after midnight Sunday from a week end at a Maryland beach, police said, and found the house dark. He looked for his uncle and found the body, he told police. According to Detective Mahoney, the pistol used in the shooting be longed to Mr. Burrer’s son, who said he kept it in a downstairs drawer where it was easily accessible. Only one shot had been fired but several other bullets were in the pistol. Let The Star Follow You on Vacation! To keep up with Washington happenings during your vaca tion, subscribe now for mail delivery of The Star. Just mail in your name, the delivery dates and vacation address, together with payment in advance for the period you intend to be absent. The rates for summer mail ings are as follows: Daily and Daily Sunday Sunday Only Only 1 month-1.25 ' .75 .50 1 week_ .30 .25 .15 Remittance can be made by check, express money order or stamps. fir* SCENE OF FATAL SHOOTING—In this spacious home at 4108 Forest lane, Chesterbrook Woods, near Falls Church, Va., Norman Le Roy Plank was found fatally shot early yesterday. —Star Staff Photo. Adoption Case Inquiry Procedure Defended By Montgomery Bar The Montgomery County Bar Association today defended the present procedure in the county for investigating adoption cases which was under attack last week by the County League of Women Voters and other groups. The lawyers’ group expressed its confidence in the State probation officers who have been appointed by the Circuit'Court to handle the ' investigations. The criticising state ments last week maintained that matters affecting adoption should be handled by trained welfare ■ workers. I “The Bar Association of Mont gomery County,” the statement said, j “unanimously indorses the action ! heretofore taken by the court in i the matter of the selection of its investigating officers and of the effi j cient and expeditious administration of the. adoption laws.” Prompt Action Praised. The Bar Association further ; praised the “prompt investigation” of adoption cases which, it said, is obtained under the present investi ; gating officers. A conference on the matter be . tween Circuit Judges Stedman I Prescot and Charles W. Woodward and representatives of the County Community Chest, is scheduled at me rtuuK-viiie wiuusc luuaj-. The conference Was requested by ! the Chest after last week's protests. Committees Appointed. David Betts was named chairman of a committee to urge the county commissioners to have the reference to deeds typed on county land tax records. Other members are Donald A. De Lashmutt and John Bowman. In another action, the association appointed Mr. De Lashmutt chair man of a committee to investigate a law requiring that resubdivisions of old subdivisions be outlined in red on old land records. Other members of the committee are Mr. Betts and Frank Tyler. It was pointed out that although the law is about 20 years old, it is not being enforced. Alexandria Expected To Seek Water Plant Jerome Powers, president of the Alexandria Water Co., has officially notified City Manager Carl Bud wesky that the company will not accept the city's bid of $2,750,000 for purchase of the utility. This action is expected to prompt the City Council to take steps to night for condemnation of the pri vately owned utility. Although the water company told the Council several weeks ago it would not be willing to sell at any price, the pur chase offer was authorized at a closed Council session two weeks ago. It is expected that Councilman Paul L. Delaney, who originally moved for city purchase of the water company, will offer a motion tonight to start condemnation proceedings. Councilmen first considered pur chase of the water company after they learned the utility had agreed to furnish a Fairfax County devel oper with 500,000 gallons of water daily. The city officials fear the water company may continue to supply outside areas, w'hich might interfere with the supply for Alexandria. The water company, however, has announced a $1,000,000 improve ments program which, it said, would enable it to supply the entire Alex andria area adequately. Habeas Corpus Is Granted In Maryland Attack Case Judge Stedman Prescott In Mont gomery County Circuit Court at Rockville today granted a habeas corpus petition filed by attorneys for Dennis B. McDaniel, 45, Avenel, Md., who is charged with rape, and fixed bond at $1,500. McDaniel is charged with crim inally attacking a 16-year-old Ken sington girl May 29 near her home. He has been held in the Rockville jail since Trial Magistrate Alger Y. Barbee in Rockville Police Court last Thursday ordered him held for grand jury action without bond. Montgomery County police said McDaniel is on parole after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence in the Atlanta Penitentiary for armed rob bery. He was represented at today’s hearing by Attorneys James M. Pugh and John M. Mclnerney. Consumers Meet Tonight On Meat Price Drive A meeting to plan action against high meat prices in Washington stores has been called by the Wash ington Committee for Consumer Protection at 8 o’clock tonight at the YWCA, 614 E street N.W. Representatives of over 30 groups co-operating with the committee in past campaigns have been invited. A / ! NORMAN LEROY PLANK. -- Fund Gifts to Provide Four 'Camperships' Gifts received by The Evening Star Summer Camp Fund since the campaign closed and the surplus will provide “camperships”—camp scholarships — for four girls at Clarissa Scott Camp, operated by the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA at ; Highland Beach, Md. Two girls will be chosen from I Southeast House and . two from Northwest Settlement House for the two weeks in camp. This final distribution of funds means that 381 children will go to camp this sumrrfter because generous people of Washington wanted to share their own summer holidays with children who otherwise could not go to camp. Since the campaign closed these additional gifts have been received: Previously acknowledged, .$11,675.53 N. Kirstein ___ 2.00 Florence Eneel _ 1.00 Washingtons, Hebrew Con gressional Religious School Fund_ 25.00 Mount Vernon Circle of King's Daughters _ 20.00 -i Total _$11,723.53! Lf. Murphy Heads Board Of Trinidad Boys' Club Lt. William T. Murphy, head of j the Metropolitan Police Juvenile Bureau, was elected president of the Board of Directors of the Trinidad Boys’ Club at a meeting last night at the clubroom, 1119 Wylie street N.E. Other officers are Arthur K. Jacobs, vice president; Dave Freed man, treasurer, and Milton Kaplan, secretary and legal adviser. Fred E. Nalley, jr., was named executive director. Others on the board are Garland Bloom, John N. Weber, Ralph M. Shenberger, Simionin Hill, John Duvall, William Womersley, Arthur (Dutch) Bergman. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Myer, James Fulk and Ar thur Duell. The club, organized a month ago. plans a complete athletic program for its 250 members ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. A constitution and by-laws also were adopted by the board last night. Boy Cured in Virginia * Of Rare Asiafic Disease ly th» Associated Press RICHMOND, July 8.—One case of an Asiatic or semi-tropical disease, so ’■are that it has seldom if ever been diagnosed and treated in this country, has been found—and cured —in Virginia, the State Health De partment Bureau of Communicable! Disease Control said today. TM-s a Hicaocd lfo1o.Q7or fever), was diagnosed by physicians! of the University of Virginia Hos pital at Charlottesville after the vic tim, a 7-year-old boy who had come to this country from Greece seven months earlier, had suffered for three months with the ailment which baffled physicians of his home town, in Southwest Virginia. The disease, in the form in which it afflicts youths, is called splenic anemia of infants, according to Dr. W. A. Browne, director of the Bu reau of communicable Disease Con trol. Dr. Browne expressed the belief that the young victim contracted the disease in Greece. Delegates Are Named ; By Silver Spring VFW Delegates elected from Silver Spring Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to the national convention of the VFW September 4 in Cleveland are Alexander Hancock, William Wheeler, L. T. Faulconer, Joseph Buscher, Calvin Schaeffer, George Roberts, Frank Windsor and Edward Veitch. Alternates are William Roberts, Edward L. Foster, Robert Herman, Charles P. Rupertus, Carleton Wahl. James Anderson, A. Y. Barbee and Arthur T. Burke. f,, Spring Knolls Tenants To Meet Tomorrow In Reni Boost Fight Tenants of the Spring Knolls apartment development will meet at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Silver Spring office of the area rent direc tor to air their grievances over re cent rent increases ordered for 41 units. Walter Heath of the Maryland Rent Control Board said he would hear the tenants who complain their rents were raised from $67 to $75 a month on July 1 without ad vance notice. A spokesman for operators of the apartment said the increases were authorized by the board in Balti more. Isadore Bassoff. attorney for the tenants, claimed there was no basis for the increase and that the, ten ants were seeking a revocation of :hc price rise. All of the units involved are two Oedroom apartments. Tuck's Action Awaited On Rent Board Members RICHMOND, Va„ July 8 (JPi.— Gov. Tuck today was confronted with the task of recommending as quickly as possible to the Federal housing expediter in Washington the names of Virginians needed to help administer the new Federal rent control act of 1947. A local board of five ipembers is required, lor • each of 22 defense rental area#'of Virginia. The local boards, all of whom,must be volun teers, will have as their major func tions the prevention of inflation, FVio rtnKlllfrntiAM a f vamI 1a«ia1a nn J the adjustment of hardship cases. The law requires that the expe diter, Frank R. Creedon, make the appointments. The Virginia defense rental areas, each of which must have a local ad visory board on rent control, in clude: Arlington-Alexandria, Charlottes ville, Front Royal, Lexington, Quan tico, Winchester, Fredericksburg and Staunton. Bradbury, heights Cafe License Denial Upheld The Maryland State License Bu reau has upheld a decision of the Prince Georges County Board of Liquor License Commissioners which denied a permit to sell alcoholic beverages in a Bradbury Heights restaurant, it was announced yes terday. The rejected application was by Carmine S. Bellino, Frank M. Hines and Helen M. Saul, who sought a beer, wine and liquor permit for the Fat Boy, Jr., restaurant, 1506 South ern avenue. An appeal by the applicants was heard at Upper Marlboro June 24 at which time residents of the sur rounding area reiterate^ their stand there wer# sufficient liquor-dis pensing establishments in the area. The appeal was the last to be heard by the boa-d from Prince Georges County. Future appeals, in accordance with a change adopted for the county by the Maryland General Assemblylwill be presented directly to the County Circuit Court. Langer to Speed Retirement Fund Withdrawal Bill Support Expected To Assure Senate Action on Measure By Joseph Young Swift Senate action on the Jones bill to permit dismissed Government employes to withdraw their con tributions from the Federal retire ment fund was pledged today by Chairman Langer of the Senate Civil Service Committee. In announcing his support of the measure, Senator Langer said he will seek Senate action on the bill "as soon as possible." The measure, which affects Fed eral workers with less than 10 years of service, was passed by the House yesterday. Until Senator Langer’s statement today there had been some doubt as to his position on the Jones bill, since an identical provision is con tained in the Langer-Chavez-Stev enson omnibus civil service retire ment bill. Quick Action Urged. However, sponsors of the Jones measure pointed out that the mass dismissals now taking place in Gov ernment make it urgent’that the Jones bill be enacted as quickly as possible, without waiting for the omnibus legislation. With Senator Langer’s support of the bill, it is not expected to en counter any trouble in the Senate. The bill would save the Government manor cinan if rtr/Milrl ~ lot of bookkeeping. Under the present law, only those Federal employes with less than five years of service may withdraw their contributions. Otherwise, the money remains in the retirement fund until the person reaches. the age of 62, when annuity payments begin. The Jones bill would aid thou sands of employes who entered the Government in 1940 or 1941 and who now are losing their jobs. They would receive an average sum of almost $500 which would help tide them over until they find new employ ment. Government workers are not entitled to unemployment compen sation benefits. Bill Meets House Snag. Meanwhile, the Langer-Chavez Stevenson bill ran into some tough opposition in the House Rules Com mittee, where its sponsors are seek ing a rule to bring it to the floor. Without a rule, the measure has no chance of coming to a vote before Congress recesses late this month. The Rules Committee did not take final action on the request because the House convened at 11 a.m; today—an hour early. Hear ings'-a^Blr'Heojitinue tomorrow. 5 However,- some of the committee members were sharply critical of the few provisions read to them to day. Particularly criticized was the feature permitting employes to re tire at the age of 55 if they have completed 10 years of Federal serv ice., & , *-— — • VUV that employes retiring at 55 would only get a $300 annuity, and that this provision was designed primar ily for workers who are physically handicapped and unable to continue on the job. Police Attending School In Montgomery County Montgomery County policemen will resume their classes tonight at the police training school which opened last night in Kensington Junior High School. County Commissioner Wesley I. Sauter and Fred Hallford, special agent of the FBI. welcomed the 69 "students” who will receive instruc tion in police work. Instructors will include members of the county police force, Circuit Judges Stedman Prescott and Charles W. Woodward, State’s At torney Walter W. Dawson and FBI agents. Classes will be held through Au gust 9. Carnival Is Held Over In Capitol Heights The Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department carnival sched uled to end last week, has been held over another week, it was an nounced yesterday. The Landover Volunteer Firemen will hold a six-day carnival begin ning Monday. 'Cars' Turned In for Inspection For Soap Box Derby Saturday , Soap Box Deroy racers or all types were .converging on registration points throughout the Washington area today, as their young builders turned them in for inspection in preparation for the sixth running of the coaster race Saturday. The deadline for delivery of the gravity-powered cars to Chevrolet dealers is 5 o’clock this afternoon. The cars will .he transported to the District National Guard Ar mory tomorrow’, where the inspec tions will begin at 6 p.m. The offi cial checkup for compliance with rule-book specifications will con tinue Thursday and Friday nights. Officials Visit Course. District police, traffic, highway and sanitary officials visited the course today with Derby Director Charles Kohen to perfect arrange ments for the competition. The Derby will be run on Penn sylvania avenue S.E., between Texas avenue and Carpenter streets, un der auspices of The Star and the American Legion. The all-day pro-; gram will begin with a parade at! 8 a.m. ” • I Legion committee chairmen for the event will hold their final meet-' ing at 8 o’clock tonight in the Board of Trade conference room in The Star Building. At the same time, the Registration Committee wifi meet elsewhere in the building to make heat assignments. Legion committeemen and Chev rolet mechanics will conduct the inspections, beginning tomorrow light. Advisers on Safety. Traffic Director George E. Keneipp las authorized C. W. Reed, District supervising inspector of motor ve licles, and his principal assistants ) ' to serve as recnmcai aavisers on safety matters. The District in spectors will concern themselves principally with the brakes and steering gear of the racers, Mr. Keneipp explained. Every boy planning to take part in the Derby must report to the armory on one of the three nights to be weighed and to be issued his official racing helmet and shirt. Cans of special Derby fac6r oil will be distributed at the same time by the Shell Oil Co., Inc., which also will provide repair hoists at the track Saturday. Representatives of the Toledo Scale Co. will supervise the. weigh ing of cars and drivers. First-aid Precautions. First-aid precautions for Derby Day will be the most extensive ever planned for the event, Mr. Kohen announced today. “The Derby has a good safety record,” he said. "But we want to make absolutely certain any con testant or spectator who suffers a mishap will be cared for imme diately. “Dr. Eugene G. Lipow has agreed1 to serve as the first-aid chairman. He has advised me seven other doc tors have volunteered their services. One or more physicians will be in attendance throughout the day. j Those assisting Dr. Lipow will be I Drs< William Frank, Dean M. Hayes,! Charles Hill, John A. Kennedy, Charles D. Lenhoff, John W. Riden our and Isadore Shulman. “In addition, a Red Cross first aid unit will be on hand, equipped with two ambulances. And the Legion nurses’ post will provide vol unteer registered nurses.” » * Youngsters Blame 'Republicans' For Sale of Fort Myer Horses ~. ■■ Staff Sergt. Raymond S. Sullivan and a favorite horse, Lady Dan. —Star Staff Photo. By Mary Lou Werner “It's all the Republicans’ fault that we re losing the horses,” a group of youngsters leaning against, the stable rail at Fort Myer agreed. They were referring to the sale of riding and work horses that is to take place at the post tomorrow. “Yes—it won't be the same even though we’re going to keep about two dozen for funerals and cere monial purposes” agreed Staff Sergt. Raymond S. Sullivan of the Fort Myer cavalry detachment. He has been at the Virginia fort for 17 years. “Actually, it isn’t anybody's fault,” he went on. “The Government de cided' to economize and we've all realized for many years that there isn't any place for a horse in the Army of today.” Youngsters Unconvinced. The youngsters, sons and daugh ters of Army officers at the post, still weren't convinced. “The same thing happened wheen Hoover was in office—they cut down on the horses then,” one youngster who couldn’t possibly .have remem bered that administration chimed in. Sergt. Sullivan only laughed. The 40-year-old sergeant said he has been answering questions for in quisitive young riders ever since he came to the fort. “When I. came here there were about 1,500 horses here," he ex plained. There used to be hun Civil Service Seeks Extension of Pay Bill To Professional Staff The Civil Service Commission to day asked the sponsors of a bill rais ing tj^p salaries of top Federal offi cials to broaden the measure’s scope and to include professional and sci entific employes, as well. The commission’s request was con tained in a letter signed by-Harry B. Mitchell, the commission’s presi dent, and was sent to the Senate Civil Service Committee. Chairman Langer of the commit tee announced that his group will meet on Friday to consider the com mission’s request. The commission had been asked for its views on the Flanders-Bald win bill, which provides for salary raises ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 annually for cabinet officers, depart ment and agency heads and top subordinates. In his letter Mr. Mitchell said that the present $10,000 Federal pay ceil ing should not only be abolished for this class of officials, but for top scientific and professional people, as well. The commission proposed that new classification grades be set up to pay these employes up to $15,000 a year. 8.0-Degree Temperature Forecast Here Today The sun will be hidden by cloudy skies this afternoon, holding the temperature to a high of about 80 degrees, the Weather Bureau reported . A clear, cool night is forecast with a thermometer drop to about 62 degrees. Tomorrow will bring clear, sunny weather with continued mod erate temperatures. The high yes terday was 80 degrees at 4:02 p.m., and the low today was 66 degrees at 5:54 a.m. If the bureau’s prediction of clear weather tonight holds up, a concert of the Don Cossack Chorus, post poned twice because of rain, will be held at 8:30 o’clock at the Water Gate, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. As a result, spectators will see a combination of the high lights of both Sunday's and tonight’s sched uled programs. Featuring the Don Cossack part of the program will be presentation of Soloduhin’s “Sword Dance'’ by the entire ensemble. And Violinist Jan Tomasow will play the Tchaikovsky Concerto—scheduled feature of to night’s program. Tickets held for either of the programs will be honored tonight. (_ Four Veterans File Suits Dn Shipyard Demotions Four veterans employed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard asked District' Court yesterday to order them restored to jobs from which they said they have been demoted in violation of the protections pro vided by the Government for veter ans. ’ The suits named Secretary of the Navy Forresial as defendant. One. filed in behalf of David R. Hunter, Drexel Hill,, Pa., also named Civil Service Commission officials. Grade cuts which allegedly oc cured June 29 carried yearly wage decreases ranging from $250 to $500, according to the papers. All are employed as engineers. Those bringing action in addition to Mr. Hunter were Merle V. Miller, Melrose Park, Pa., Roscoe G. Whip ple. Merchantville, N. J.. and Sperry S. Reynolds, Philadelphia. + dreds of soldiers detailed to care for the mounts. Now there are only a dozen, he said. Recalls Celebrities. Among celebrities he had saddled horses for were the late Gen. George S. Patton, Secretary of State Mar shall and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. One of the Army-owned horses that Mrs. Roosevelt rode occasional ly, Here’s How, is among those to be sold tomorrow. He said, how ever, that she more frequently rode her own horse, New Deal. "We used to maintain a private stable for the President when Roosevelt was in the White House, the sergeant said. | The large riding hall at the post that is being converted info a gym | nasium was the scene of many large i horse shows that were witnessed by President Roosevelt. Considers Retirement. Now that most of the horses are going, Sergt. Sullivan doesn’t feel that he will want to stay ih the Army longer. “I’m thinking about retiring this fall—the Army just isn’t any place for me without horses,” he said. The 100 horses to be auctioned off beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow range in age from 8 to 17 years. Some of them have been brought to Port Myer during the past few days from other nearby Army posts. When the horses move out, the Army plans to use the long lines of stables as warehouses. The large riding field now is used as a base i ball field. Ball and Galt Backed For Land and Sanitary Commission Posts J. Lee Ball of Landover Hills and Dwight B. Galt of Hyattsville today bore the indorsement of the Prince Georges County Democratic State Central Com mittee for State land commis sioner and chairman of the Washington Suburban Sani tary Commis sion, respec tively. The recom mendations to Gov. Lane were , approved last night. Both were suggested to fill vacancies caused by recent deaths. Mr. G»it. Leland G. Worthington of Ber wyn was suggested to fill Mr. Galt’s present position *s a member of the commission. Thp third com mission member is Lacy Shaw of Montgomery County. Mr. Ball was urged for the va cancy created by the recent death of Henry W. Cord of Ardmore. The nominee is in the insurance busi ness and is president of the Twen tieth (Lanham) District Demo cratic Club. Is P.atent Attorney. __ Mr. Galt is a patent attorney and a former member of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. He was indorsed for the post formerly held by the late! Frank B. Smith. Mr. Worthington, a veteran of, World War I, was supported for the commission post by the Prince: Georges County American Legion Council. He has had engineering and surveying experience and is a former faculty member of the Uni versity of Maryland and the Hyatts ville High School. Both Mr. Cord and Mr. Smith were members of the State Central Committee and successors to them were appointed last night. They are G. Gerard Buscher of Berwyn Heights and Henry H. O’Neill of Bladensburg. Organizer of Legion Mr. Buscher is chief record clerk of the National Federation of Fed eral Employes and has lived in the Berwyn area for 25 years. A vet eran of World War II, he organized and is the first commander of the new Berwyn-Branchville Post of the American Legion. He also is a member of the County Caravan Club and the Young Democratic Club. Mr. O’Neill is a substitute county trial magistrate and has lived in his community for many years. He is a veteran of World War I and has been active in community affairs. Edward A. Fuller, Hyattsville newspaper publisher, was elected committee secretary. This post for merly was held by Mr. Smith. Third Arbiter Is Named In Arnold Pay Dispute Appointment of the third member of an arbitration board to hear the wage dispute between the Arnold Bus Line and its employes was announced today. ; A company spokesman said John E. Dwyer, \ Washington attorney, had been chosen by both sides. Two other members of the panel are Douglas L. Hatch and E. L. Oliver, also Washington attorneys. No date has been set for a hearing. . Big D. C. Stores Delay Collecting Maryland Tax Decision Will Await Further Study of 'Practical Problems' Major department stores here will not collect Maryland's new 2 per cent use tax or apply for licenses to make such collections until fur ther study of "practical problems’* involved, it was decided today at a meeting of the department store division of the Merchants and Manufacturers’ Association. Chairman Ralph L. Goldsmith of Lansburgh’s issued a prepared state ment for the whole group after a two-hour session in The Star Build ing. It said: "No final conclusion was reached, as it was found necessary to make certain further studies of the prac tical problems involved.” Investigators Busy. The State today sent more than 40 investigators and auditors into the field to make an overall check up of the sales tax operation. * Qtoto PrttsttTillrt*. T ▼__ said the investigators will check tip on licenses and aid merchants with collection problems wTherever pos sible. At a preliminary meeting in Baltimore, the investigators were to discuss rules and regulations brought up by problems of collecting the levy, the Associated Press reported. All but about 15,000 of the 50,000 State retail merchants have been registered, a tax division official said. Four Hotels Fight Tax. Meanwhile, four Baltimore hotels have instituted court proceedings in an effort to invalidate the State tax charges on "living accommodations or other services” for transient guests. The petition, naming Controller Lacy as defendant, was filed in Cir cuit Court yesterday by Hilary W. Gans, attorney for the Lord Balti more, Emerson, Southern and Sheraton-Belvedere Hotels. The petition said the sales act title contains no mention of a tax on “service of any kind,” and that pro visions of the act taxing services therefore were unconstitutional. Bond Set for Woman In Husband's Death Mrs. Katherine Weaver, 39. of Cottage City, Md., today is free under $3,000 bond w'hile awaiting action of the Prince Georges Count v grand jury on a charge of murder. Mrs. Weaver was arrested after the fatal shooting of her 43-year old husband, Joseph, at their home, 3802 Thirty-seventh avenue, Cottage Citv. last Wednesday nieht. She was released yesterday afternoon after her attorney, Robert W. McCullough, obtained a writ of habeas corpus. Bond was set by Judge Charles C. Marbury in the County Circuit Court of Upper Marlboro when State’s Attorney A. Qwynn Bowie announced he had no objection to releasing Mrs. Weaver under bond. Mr. McCullough pointed out that Mrs. Weaver had been a resident of •the county for more than 12 years and had two daughters to care for. Earlier yesterday Mrs. Weaver had been ordered held without bond for the grand jury after her attorney waived a preliminary hearing in Hyattsville Police Court before Trial Magistrate Alan Bowie. He also entered a plea of not guilty. The next session of the grand jury will be in October. Silver Hill Woman Held In Thefts From Friend A 24-year-old Silver Hill (Md.) woman today awaited grand jury action here charged with the lar ceny of about $400 in clothing and jewelry from a Washington woman who reportedly befriended her last month. Ordered held under $1,000 bond by Judge Thomas D. Quinn was Gloria M. Thomas. She pleaded not guilty when arraigned yesterday in Mu nicipal Court. Police reported that Mrs. Ann Lyddane, of the 280# block of Twenty-eighth street S.E., told them she shared her home with thg de fendant, but that after five days of rooming together the Silver Hill woman disappeared along with the clothing and jewelry. Detective Sgt. G. L. Norris said- he recovered the missing articles in the Silver Hill home. Pageant to Re-enact Battle of Monocacy Commemorating the 83d anni versary of the Battle of Monocacy, a re-enactment of the 1864 strug gle will be staged at the battlefield near Frederick, Md., at 10 a.m. to morrow. Following the pageant, spon sored by the Frederick Junior Chamber of Commerce, a program will be held at Mount Olivet Ceme tery, where 400 Confederate soldiers are buried. j---1 Finder of JJ05 Refuses Reward For Its Return When a Washington visitor from South Bend, Ind., went into a drug store phone booth at Tenth and F streets N.W., yesterday to make a call she left her wallet containing her entire capital—$105.70. It was returned by a man who refused a reward. The visitor, Miss Gladys Peterson, made her t call and hurriedly left the store Before Jesse D. Myers of Bryans Road, Md„ who was in the next booth, could catch her. Mr. Myers, a former Adjutant General's Office employe, took the wallet to police headquarters. Miss Petesson returned to the store and reported her loss for relay to police. Mr. Myers was in the general as signment souad room at headquar ters when a call came over the polic# radio that a wallet was miss ing from the store phone booth. Miss Peterson was called to the office where she identified her purse and offered a reward. But Mr. Myers refused.