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Half of GSI Cafes
Now Found Complying
With Health Rulings
About half of the more than 40
Government Services, Inc., cafete
rias and snack bars that have been
operating without District health
licenses in violation of the law, have
complied with health regulations
and now may be issued licenses.
This was announced yesterday both
by the District Health Department
and Commissioner John Russell
The cafeterias and bars, scattered
throughout the city’s Government
buildings, were threatened with clos
ing this spring because they did not
meet tflth city health requirements.
The Health Department later backed
down, however, and the cafeterias
were allowed to remain open, pro
vided everv effort wras made to
24 Get Bill of Health.
A GSI spokesman yesterday listed
cafeterias in the following 24 build
ings which have been given a clean
bill of health:
Federal Trade Commission Build
ing. Commerce Department. Office
of Procurement, National Gallery of
Art, Washington Tourist Camp.
Federal Office Building No. 1, Tem
porary Building No. 8, Interior De
partment, the temporary building at
Fourteenth street and Constitution
avenue N.W. and a cafeteria at 59
M street N.E.
Snack bars in the Navy Depart
ment, Temporary Office Building No.
5. Temporary Office Building N?>. 4.
Federal Power Commission Building.
Veterans' Administration Building,
Munitions Building. Navy Buildings
C ana N and those at 1540 I street
N.W., Sixth street and Adams drive
S.W.. 1818 H street N.W. Also GSI’s
meat and prcdce commissaries, 1331
U street N.W. and Twenty-first
street and Constitution avenue N.W
What is to be done to bring those
still not in compliance into line,
however, still remained uncertain.
Changes Required.
They require structural changes as
well as changes in operating meth
ods and equipment, thus involving
expenditures both by GSI and the
Public Buildings Administration.
The latter is responsible for any
structural changes made in the
space occupied by the cafeterias
and is making minor changes where
possible with funds on hand.
But. PBA was turned down on a
request for $200,000 to make the
structural changes demanded by the
health department.
The bulk of this sum was asked
for major changes to five of the 42
eating places: the Coast Guard and
Government Accounting Office Cafe
terias, which the Health Depart
ment has said must be relocated and
completely remodeled: the Civil
Service Commission Cafeteria.
"Philosopher's Quest." by Irwin Edman.
reviewed in open discussion at the Bio
sophical Institute, Willard Hotel. 8:3<>
o'clock tonight.
Community dance. Central High School
Center. Thirteenth and Clifton streets
N.W, 8:3U o'clock tonight.
‘•Macbeth ” Shakespearean tragedy pre
sented by the Players of Mount Vernon
Methodist Church, m series of "Shakes
peare in Shirtsleeves" productions, on
steps in front of church. Ninth and K
streets N.W. 8:40 o'cloclk tonight and
tomorrow night.
• Kingdom oi the Blind. ' melodrama
presented by the Catholic University Play
ers, in the theater on campus. 8:30 o'clock
nightly through August O.
Army Medical Center Band concert,
formal gardens. Walter Reed Hospital.
K o’clock tonight
Army Band concert, east front of the
Capitol, 8 o’clock tonight.
Arts Club of Washington. 2017 Eye
si reel N.W. open weekdays 11 am to 6
pm.. Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.; summer ex
hibition by members of club, through
September 28.
Pish and Wildlife Service, under main
lobby in Commerce Department Building.
Fourteenth and E streets N.W.. open P
a.m. to 4 p.m daily, display of animals
and fresh-water flsh, for an indefinite
National Gallery of Art. Sixth street
and Constitulior. avenue N.W., open JO
a.m. to 5 p m. weekdays and 2 to 10 p.m
Sundays; exhibition of chiaroscuro prints,
through September In.
Library of Congress, open P a m to 10
p.m. weekdays. P a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday*;
original Lacock Abbey copy of the Magna
Carta, on loan from thp British govern
ment until December 15. 1048; original
draft of Lincoln's Gettysburg address,
manuscript of Lincoln's three-page •'auto
biography. both for an indefinite period;
fifth annual exhibition of prints produced
in 1940. from the Pennell collection,
ends today: 80 rare and important books
from the Rosenwald collection, through
September: Utah centennial exhibition,
including photograDhs and historical mat
ter pertaining to the development of the
State, ends today documents and cor
respondence of Abraham Lincoln, for an
indefinite period.
Howard University Gallery of Art. on
campus at 2401 Sixth street N.W . open 10
a m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays;
student wmrk of the Department of Art.
through September.
Barnet Aden Gallery. 127 Randolph
place N.W.. open 0 to 10 p.m. daily and
•? to n p.m Sundays; group show by
Berkman Caffee. Ka iser Laz/an. Pearl
mutter and Robinson, through the sum
Special activities, including Jam sessions,
talent shows, dances with orchestras
swims, bowling and games, for teen-agers
only beginning at 7:30 o'clock tonight, at
the following centers:
Boys’ Branch. YMCA. 1736 G street
N.W.; Club Teen. 614 E street N.W : Junior
Police and Citizens' Corps headquarters.
720 Barry place N.W : Peti-teen Basement
Clubroom. J.’ti8 Twenty-second street
N.W.: Ivy City Junior Police Center. 17<><»
You street N.E . and Langston Junior Police
Center. 2701 E street Circle N.E.
Housing Shortage Cited in Gain
In St. Elizabeths Commitments
The housing shortage -may well
be a factor" in an increase of slight
ly more than 17 per cent in the
number of mental patients com
mitted to St. Elizabeths Hospital
during the fiscal year ended June 30.
1947. over the number admitted
during the previous fiscal year, it
was suggested yesterday bv Dr. Win
fred Overholser, superintendent of
the hospital.
During the last fiscal year. 1.239
patients were committed. Dr. Over
holser said, as against 1.056 the
previous year. Of the total, District
Court figures showed 1.105 commit
ted through that court last year as
against 964 in the previous year.
Dr. Overholser said a number of
those committed are elderly persons.
Some of these, he felt, might have
been taken care of in private homes
which it has said must be completely
remodeled, and the Langston Ter
race and former SPAR Barracks
Cafeterias, which it has said must
have new ventilating systems.
i (Continued From First Page.)
i it might be good for us to take part—
under certain reservations.
"Polish Ministers visiting here at
the time were all of much the same
opinion and said they considered
it would be wise to go to Paris.
"There has been some miscon
strued idea that w'e were sent for
by Moscow. Gottwald asked two
weeks before any talk of the plan
for appointments to see Stalin and
Molotov to discuss economic rela
tions, since there was considerable
room for enlargement of these.
"While we are on the way. the
Poles decided against going to Paris,
we arrived in Moscow as the only
candidates for the trip to Paris,
east of the Rhine.
Situation "Extremely Difficult."
"Before seeing Stalin, I knew at
j once the situation had become ex
tremely difficult. Some bona fide,
but not very useful, speculation had
I been voiced in the West that ‘Czech
| oslovakia breaks with the Soviet
Union' in having accepted the Paris
“Then I needed no evidence to
realize our presence in Paris would
have been used as a tool or hammer
for purposes for which we were not
willing to be used.
“When leading Soviet statesmen
called attention to the fact' that
our government intentions would
be construed as a change in policy,
we said wholeheartedly we naturally
understood that and could not accept
responsibility for causing it.
"Any talk of threats or an ultima
tum against Czechoslovakia is silly.
"The discussions were friendly.
We took the decision which I cannot
but consider the right one under
i ho fiirpnmttQnpP! ’*
i Continued From First Page.)
statement to his deputy adminis
The general said that “even to
day, we have no assurance that la
bor and material costs will not con
! tinue to rise above existing market
prices,’’ and warned that further
were it not for the housing shortage.
Dr. Overholser also felt some of
’.he cases resulted from a letdown
following the war stimulus. He said
he also believed that in some cases
persons in the military service held
up while in the service but suffered
from mental disorders after being
placed entirely on their own.
Another factor cited by Dr. Over
hoiser is the aging population and
the greater incidence of mental
disease in elderly persons.
Pilings on mental health cases
in District Court showed a total of
2,076 for the fiscal year ended June
30 as against only 1,655 the previous
fiscal year.
A total of 507 were listed at Dis
trict Court as having been found of
sound mind during the past year
as against 231 the year before.
increases could lorce other modifi
cations in design.
"If prices continue to mount,” he
declared, "I shall then have no al
ternative but to go before Congress
next session and ask either for
further instructions or further ap7
Gen. Bradley said 'contractors
have added 15 to 30 per cent "fear
contingency cushions” t ■> construc
tion bids because of the danger of
further increases.
Essential Features Retained.
Most recent bids, he said, have
run 15 to 35 per cent over Govern
ment estimates. A hospital that
cost 85 cents per cubic foot in 1945,
he said would have cost *1.25 in
1946. At today's prices, the cost
up to *1.80, he said.
Most of the design modifications,
Gen. Bradley said, will eliminate
theater!, staff and doctor's office
space, quarters, "and other desirable
but non-essential features ordinarily
associated with veterans' hospitals."
He indicated, however, that no
further changes could be made with
out drastically hampering the qual
ity of medical service.
Eight hospitals already under con
struction will go ahead as planned,
and some others;, still in the de
signing stage, will take little re
vision. Space reduction in others,
however, will set construction back
one to six months.
Since 1945, the Veterans’ Admin
istration has increased its bed ca
pacity from 66.342 to 101,568 beds.
By the end of this year, officials
hope the number will increase to
105,821. *
Truman Plane in B’alboa
With One Engine Out
ly the Associated Press
BALBOA, Canal Zone, Aug. 1.—
President Truman's ptrsonal plane,
the Independence, carrying Secre
tary of the Treasury Snyder and
Brazilian Ambassador Carlos
Martins, arrived here from Lima
yestej-dav with one of its four
engines not functioning.
Army headquarters said the left
outboard engine became "rough"
after the plane's take-off from Lima
and was cut off while the plane was
airborne. Its departure for Wash
ington depends on whether repairs
can be made here.
Gen. Fleming Defends
Grand Plaza Parking
Lot Rate Increase
The increase in parking rates for
Federal employes from $2 a month
to $5 a month in the Grancf Plaza
Parking lot on Fourteenth street
behind the District Building, was
declared today by Maj. Gen. Philip
B. Fleming. Federal Works Admin
istrator, to be ‘ fully justified.”
In a letter to Chairman Dirksen
of the House District Committee,
Gen. Fleming explained the Gov
ernment’s new contract with a con
cessionaire permitted the higher
rates, because of competition with
commercial parking rates.
Mr. Dirksen had asked Gen.
Fleming for an explanation because
of a petition to the House District
Committee signed by many Govern
ment emDloves romnlainimr nf the
higher rates.
Effective July 16.
The new contract in which the
[increase is embodied was. awarded
July 8 and became effective July 16.
During the preparation of the con
tract and prior to its advertisement,
Gen. Fleming wrote, the Public
Buildings Administration, a part of
FWA. “received representations
made by a number of employes from
various departments who had been
making use of this parking lot, and
who objected to the proposed in
“It was determined after careful
consideration,” he added, “that the
increase was fully justified.”
Rental Called Too Low.
“The *2 rental was too low. and
entirely out of line with the value
of the facility being afforded to the
employes permitted to park on the
lot,” the letter continued. The $5
rental was found to be in much
better agreement with prices cur
rently being charged by operators
of commercial lots.
“I add for comparison that our
increased rental amounts to only
about 23 cents per day. whereas in
comparable commercial lots the
rates are found to be 45 cents and
upward per day. w'ith weekly and
monthly rates rarely being allowed.
"The increase w’as accordingly
adopted as better serving the inter
ests of the Government.” f
(Continued From First Page.)
sons during the war, both pilots
killed in action. One was Lt. George
W. Smith of the Army Air Forces
and the other Ensign Robert h.
Smith. Jr., of the Navy. A sister,
Miss Eileen Smith, also served in
the war as a WAC officer..
Young Smith was sent to the
Naval Medical Center at Bethesda
for observation on July 26 of last
j year. In September he was trans
ferred to the receiving station, but
i two months later, was returned to
1 the hospital where he remained until
December 10 when again he was
moved to the Anacostia brig.
At the time of the shooting and
stabbing affray, the Navy gave this
Smith had stood watch as gang
way inessenger between 10 p.m. and
midnight, after which it was be
ade clutched In hie hand a Ster
gun magazine in his hip pocket.
A suspicious-looking package was
found under one of the mattresses
and sappers investigated it as po
lice instituted the search for the
attackers. Eight apartment houses
were evacuated of all tenants ex
cept for one ill woman, and the
places were searched.
Military sources said there were al
least four mortar and grenade ex
plosions. It was believed the mortal
was hidden in a building nearby.
Heavy gunfire was heard imme
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Funerals for Two Held.
Funerals for the two slalh British
sergeants—20-year-old Clifford Mar
tin and Mervyn Paice—were held to
day, with several high military anc
civil officials attending. A booby trap
mutilated the men’s bodies as they
were being removed yesterday from
two eucalyptus trees north of Te]
Aviv near Natanva.
About 400 British troopw attendee
the funeral services today for theii
two slain comrades. A Roman Cath
olic requiem mass was sung foi
Sergt Martin and Church of Eng
land services were conducted for
Sergt Paice.
Sherwood Foresters formed the
honor guard which fired farewell
volleys over the graves. Represent
atives of the Palestine government
and the high commissioner attended
and a number of Arab friends of the
two sergeants were present.
Fired on Two Buses.
The soldiers in Tel Aviv w’ere said
to have fired from armored cars
on two buses, lulling two wom
en, two men and a young boy
and wounding other Jews, and
smashed store windows all along one
street, causing property damage of
$100,000. The outbreak followed re
ports of the clubbing and stoning of
several Jews by five Britons riding
in a jeep.
British troopw and pwlice p>atrols
were pulled out of Tel Aviv late last
night and the nervous citizenry, by
then nearly all indoors, breathed
more easily, but in Jerusalem gun
fire near the central police station
set off a brief general alarm just
before midnight.
Haganah, armed force of the offi
cial Jewish Agency, was represented
by a Jewish source as fearing that
the extremist underground might
attempt still more acts of reprisal
for the hanging at Acre Prison
Tuesday of young Irgunists Meir
Nakar, Absolom Habib and Yacoub
This source said Haganah officers
had ordered their self-styled Jewish
National Defense Army to stand by
throughout Palestine in the belief
that the Stem Gang, offshoot of
Irgun Zvai Leumi, mlgnt try to kid
nap other British soldiers.
Two London Papers Demand
That Britain Quit Holy Land
LONDON, Aug. 1 (JP).—'Two Lon
don newsjtepers, the conservative
Daily Express and the Communist
Daily Worker, called on Britain to
day to get out of Palestine.
Commenting editorially on the
slaying of two British sergeants by
Trgun Zvai Leumi, the Express de
"With cold horror the world learn
of the fate of Clifioid Martin 8nd
Mervyn Paice. And the Holy Land
is defied by the cruel and treacher
ous murder of these innocent men.
“Not in the black annals of Nazi
wickedness is there record of an
outrage more vile than this."
Urging stern measures for the
protection of British troops in the
Holy Land, the Express continued:
"In Palestine is to be policed
thereafter, the responsibility lies
with those who have greater re
sources and fewer commitments.
I The fire problem of Palestine can
; not any longer be solved by just
! British dealing between two rival
"Britain has no part in their
struggle. She should get out. Bag
and baggage. Quickly.”
The Daily Worker's view was that
British troops should not have been
in Palestine to begin with.
U. IN.
'Continued From First Page.'_
delegates take into account the me
diation offer.
Second Session This Afternoon.
This morning's session was to be
followed by another Council meeting
at 3 p.m. to take up Greek charges
that Yugoslavia. Bulgaria and Al
1 bania have committed acts of ag
gression—a move instituted by
Greece with American backing to
counter a Russian veto of an Amer
ican proposal to place U. N. trouble
shooters along the Balkan borders.
An immediate decision was ex
pected on the Australian demand
that the Security Council take ur
gent steps to stop hostilities in In
This demand was made to the
11-nation body yesterday and
brought a quick retort from the
Netherlands that the United Na
tions has no jurisdiction to inter
vene in the Indonesian fighting.
Before a vote could be taken yes
terday on the Australian demand.
Herschel V. Johnson. American dep
uty delegate, announced that his
Government was prepared to lend
its help to both the Dutch and the
Indonesians in settling their dif
It was understood that the
United States was worried over the
wording of the Australian proposal,
which in effect recognizes the Re
public of Indonesia as a sovereign
Domestic Jurisdiction at Stake.
American sources said that if the
Australian proposal is adopted as
written, then the United Nations
could intervene if there were an up- i
rising, say in some State in the
United States, and American troops
were called to put it down.
Other delegates also expressed the
opinion that the question of do
mestic jurisdiction would be at
stake if the Australian proposal
j were adopted.
; American sources said that the
United States agreed in principle
with the Australian proposal that
hostilities cease immediately in In
donesia, but that it could not sub
scribe to the implication that a do
mestic situation is a breach of in
ternational peace.
In addition to charges that the1
Indonesian fighting is a breach of
world peace, the Greek government
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filed charges of aggression against
Yugoslavia. Bulgaria-and Albania
with the Security Council yester
This move came two days after
Russia vetoed an American proposal
for a United Nations investigation
commission to stand watch over the
Balkan frontiers.
American sources said the United
States Government would back the
new Greek complaint. They said
the United States intends to ex
haust every resource of the United
Nations charter to find a solution
to the eight-months-old Balkan
•problem. But, they added, if they
find that the Security Council is
unable through “misuse of the veto"
to act. they are confident that the
United Nations General Assembly
will take appropriate action.
Press Thanked in Handling
Of Mrs. Truman's Death
President Truman today thanked
news and radio reporters and pho
tographers for, as he expressed it,
their kindness and consideration in
the handling of the news in the
past week when his mother, Mrs.
Martha Truman, died at her home
in Grandview, Mo.
The President dispensed with the
customary news conference this
week. Instead he called reporters
and photographers to the White
House and voiced the appreciation
of himself and his family for the
way in which the news of his moth
er’s death was handled.
He said he wanted especially to
thank the photograpliers who had
been asked to refrain from taking
any pictures until after the funeral
was over and the family had left
the cemetery late Monday after
The President said he was aiso
grateful to the editors of the Nation.
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self today in the Naval Receiv
ing Station brig at Anacostia.
lieved he went aft and sat alone
for a whil#»
Then he went to the cabin of an
officer on watch and took a carbine
to supplement a pistol he tiad con
cealed on his person. About 3 a m.
he walked into a compartment
where about 30 of his mates were
He switched on the lights and,
without a word, began firing wildly.
He shot 20 bullets from the carbine
and pistol at short range until his
ammunition was exhausted. Then
he began leaping on his victims
with a knife.
Stabbed Himself 3 Times.
Before a mortally wounded sailor
lunged at Smith to disarm him. the
assailant had stabbed himself three
times in the upper abdomen. An
other sailor felled Smith with a
metal bench.
Seven of the sailors were dead,
and two others died later on the
hospital ship Repose, where Smith
also was taken. Announcing Smith
had a 50-50 chance to recover, doc
tors worked over him desperately,
hoping to hear Smith’s own story
of the attack.
Flying to the LST, Rear Admiral
Bertram J. Rodgers, commander of
the 7th Fleet Amphibious Forces,
ordered a court of inquiry.
Smith enlisted December 11, 1943,
and joined the V-12 officer candi
date group at Duke University. In
November, 1944, he was transferred
to Georgia Tech University, and
failing the officer course, was moved
to the Great Lakes (111.) Naval
Training Station the following year.
He reported to the LST on March
26. 1946, and was at sea less than
a month when he ran amuck.
(Continued From First Page.)
gogue. an armored car manned by
British police moved toward it, its
Bren guns manned and swinging in
arcs. The informants said shots
came from the car as it withdrew, j
The attack on the Hampshire
Regiment headquarters here was
made against the entrance to the
perimeter of its defenses. The at
tackers threw two mattresses over
the barbed wire and tossed in a
grenade in an attempt to breach
the defenses. Or.e of the attackers
was shot four times, and he was
found lying in the street, a gren

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