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G. 0. P. Platform
Seeks 2-Party
Rule in Virginia
State Chairman Hits
12-Million Surplus,
Asks Teacher Raises
•y tha Associated Frau
VIRGINIA BEACH, Ve.. Aug. 18
—An “affirmative” Republican plat
form as an aid toward making Vir
ginia “a two-party State by 1948"
has been stressed by GOP State
Chairman Robert'H. Woods of Pear
Isburg.
Appearing at a regional meeting ol
the party here Saturday with dele
gates from the First, Second and
Fourth,Districts in attendance, Mr
Woods criticized the $12,000,000 sur
plus In State funds he said he had
seen reported in newspapers.
“Taxes are not assessed for the
purpose of creating a surplus,” he
declared. Referring,to the hundreds
of tubercular patients he “under
stood” were waiting for admission
to Catawba Sanitarium he said, yet
“there is no money for the purpose
of treating these people or the main
tenance of the institution."
Adequate teacher salaries, with a
minimum of $2,400 annually, apd a
pioposed State constitutional re
vision also were features of the plat
form referred to by the State chair
man.
Lester S Parsons of Norfolk, 2d
district chairman,.also criticized the
Democratic State organization “as
bad iff its way as was the Pender
gast machine of Kansas City or the
machines of Tammany and Frank
Hague.”
Mr. Parsons also blasted the re
cent Democratic primary election in
Fairfax County In which two can
didates came up with tie votes. He
asserted that, rather than selecting
the winner by lot, the choice should
have been made judicially, by a re
count or by another election.
Earl Lutz of Richmond, executive
director of the 'State Central Com
mittee, showed the delegates a map
depicting the extent of State or
ganization and predicted a Repub
lican victory in 1948.
Squirrel Hunters Told
Of License Discrepancy
Spatial Dispatch to Tha Star
LA PLATA, Md. Aug. 18.—Charles
County hunters were warned today
that 1947 licenses already issued do
not mean exactly what they say, in
sofar as squirrel hunting is con
cerned.
The squirrel season. Circuit Court
Clerk Patrick C. Mudd explained, is
limited to September 15-30, inclu
sive. Previously, squirrel shooting
has been legal on those dates, as
well as from November 15 to Decem
ber 30.
T.ioAnMc cn for ItciioH Viovo + aIH
date* printed on, the.back, Mudd
rentes toforecast W|Mkt Would hap
pen if^game waTdeiis apprehend
during the No'vember-December pe
riod "violators’ whose licenses speci
fy those date as open season.
District Guard Completes
2-Week Training Period
Men of the District National
Guard yesterday wound up their
15-day intensive training period at
Fort Meade The 71 officers and 307
enlisted men of the Guard returned.
to civilian life today.
The carbine firing record of the ;
163d Military Police Battalion of!
the Guard was announced as the
training ended. Lt. Col. George
Weber, commanding officer of the (
battalion,, made the highest score;
and was the only one to qualify as
an expert.
Eight officers and men received
sharpshooter ratings. They were: |
S Sergt. Louis E. Brown, Sergt.
Samuel Holderman. Pvt. Charleton
E. Tinkham, T/Sergt. William M.
Hersman, Capt. John E. Cleary,
T'Sergt. Ernest V. Gonzales, First
Lt. Nelson R. Jones and Corpi. Ira
H. Baker.
Maryland Man Wounded
By Shotgun Blast in Cate
Spaciot DHpatch to Tho Star
ANNAPOLIS, Aug. 18—A 59
year-old bystander was wounded
seriously last night in a tavern at
Edgewater, eight miles south of here
when another man discharged a 12
gauge shotgun during an argument.
According to Anne Arundel
County police, James Moorland of
Edgewater, was hit in the legs when
a 21-year-old colored man fired the
shotgun blindly during an argument
with some other men.
* Mr. Moorland was taken to Emer
gency Hospital here where his con
dition was reported as fair.
Police are holding his assailant
pending the outcome of Mr. Moor
land’s injuries.
Drum Corps to Compete
In Baltimore Labor Day
* By Associated Press
BALTIMORE. Aug. 18—Between
20 and 30 junior drum and bugle
corpa from throughout Maryland are
expected to compete at Baltimore
Stadium on Labor Day in the an- ,
nual championship contest.
The event for church, civic and
veterans’ organization musical units
will be sponsored by the Mary land
Drum and Bugle Corps Association.
Cat Upsets Lamp;
Blaze Fires Pistol,
Warning Woman
By the Assot ~»ed Press
PRINCE FREDERICK. Md., Aug.
18.—A pet cat started the whole
thing, Mrs. Julius Parran said today.
As Mrs. Parran and her daughter
Suzanne, 5, sat in the living room
of their home on St. Leonards Creek
Saturday night, the cat played in a
bedroom upstairs.
A kerosene lamp was knocked off
a bedside table and set fire to the
bed. The blaze heated the cart
ridges in a .45 automatic which
fired three shots.
Mrs. Parran jumped up, ran
outside, saw the fire through a
window. She called firemen, got
a bucket and by the time firemen
made a 12-mile trip from Prince
Frederick she had the blaze out
and had forgiven the eat. I
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Dismantling of the West End manufacturing
plant of the gas company will bring some changes
to the skyline of the city near Twenty-sixth and G
streets NW. These brick stacks will be dynamited
and all the buildings will be razed.
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Already gone from this gas holder is the tank. Since there is not much de
mand for such containers, the company expects to call in a “junk man” or at least
a contractor who will take it away, as its only value now is the metal. Another
one just like it also is being tom down.
—Star Stall Photos.
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This is part of a water gas set, used in the manu
facture of •artificial gas such as Washington used to
have. The walls had to be torn apart to get this piece
of equipment oat of the building housing it. By now it is
on its way to an out-of-town company which bought it.
Virginia CIO Heads
Outline Campaign to
Beat Byrd 'Machine'
Sy fh# AMOciotvd Prm»
LYNCHBURG, Va.. Aug. 18.—CIO
leaders In Virginia returned to their
homes after a one-day policy con
ference here Saturday, charged with
the responsibility of organizing a
campaign to defeat "the Byrd ma
chine” at the polls in the Novem
ber general election.
In a session closed to the press,
the union men also drew up a pro
gram calling for united labor and
colored votes to eliminate racial dis
crimination.
The Rev. Charles C. Webber, pres
ident of the State CIO, told news
men the labor leaders agreed on a
policy which they hoped would de
feat the Byrd machine “Which con
trols” the State on behalf of the
DuPont-Railroad-Tobacco Co. and
other monopolies.”
• Mr. Webber’s statement also
urged defeat of all candidates whose
record shows them to be antilabor;
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and a Federal antilynching law; a
permanent Fair Employment Prac
tices Commission: lower prices. Fed
eral housing, health and education
legislation, and no Federal tax 'on
incomes less than $3;000 a year.
Moss A. Plunkett of Roanoke,
former candidate for Governor,
Stressed the importance of political
unity of all workers—regardless of
race or nationality—and declared:
“The Byrd machine is trying to
get the Negro vote by giving ap
pointive State jobs to certain Negro
voters, but Byrd will find that he
cannot buy Negro 0£ labor votes.”
Another speaker, Henry Lee Moon,
a representative of the National
CIO-PAC said “only through a po
litical coalition can candidates be
elected • * * Responsive to the
needs of wage earners."
Beard to Urge Repeal
Of Anti-Labor Measure
Eugene N. Beard/Indepent candi
date for the House of Delegates
from Arlington in the November
elections, today declared he will
advocate repeal “on constitutional
grounds” of anti-labor legislation
enacted this year by the special
session of the Virginia Legislature.
Mr. Beared charged Gov. Tuck
with “subterfuge" in calling the
special session. The session was
called “mainly for the purpose of
using the State of Virginia as a
sounding board for the nation and
to enact anti-labor legislature and
* * • not for the purpose of raising
teachers’ pay as stated in the call,”
he asserted.
“The 1947 special session did in
crease teachers’ pay,” Mr. Beard
said, “which should nave been done
in 1946. I charge that it was the
■pay-off’ in order to get the anti
labor bill enaeted. • • *”
Dominican Republic Seeks
Probe of Cuba Army Report
By Aisociotad frtt
ciudad Trujillo, Aug. is —
The Dominican government said
today it would welcome appointment
of ajh international commission to
investigate reports that an “Inter
national brigade” of “communist
revolutionaries” was assembling in
Cuba to invade the Dominican Re
public.
The announcement said the gov
ernment felt it should soUclt the
"good offices” of some other Amer
ican nation to prevaiLon Cuba to
permit such an investigation.
First reports concerning the mo
bilization of a "revolutionary army”
ii* Cuba came last month from the
Dominican ambassador in Wash
ington, who said a 3,000-man army
of Communists from Cuba. Guate
mala, Venezuela and Puerto Rico
was being assembled in an attempt
to overthrow his government. Cuban
officials subsequently denied the
reports.
100 Virginia Snake Cultists Pray
Vainly for Destruction of Jail
ly th« Astocfo*»d Pr«M
WISE, Va., Aug. 18.—Faith heal
ers yesterday called on the Lord to
make the walls of Wise County Jail
come tumbling down—but the bricks
remained in place and so did two
women cultists imprisoned for han
dling poisonous snakes in a public
gathering.
Cultists assembled 100 strong to
emulate the Israelites; whose
prayers brought down the walls of
Jericho.
Led by their sandy-haired, hegVy
iet minister, Paul Dotson, the band
aegan gathering shortly after 1
am., twanging guitars and banjos
ind singing. The meeting broke
ap shortly after 4 o’clock without
;he appearance of a snake.
Deputy H. H. Tieche said between
i0 and 15 deputies and State troop
Ploeser Sees Inquiry
Showing Greenbelt
Detects to Truman
Investigation of consumer co
operatives in Greenbelt,' Md., by a
House Small Business Subcommit
tee may prove that the early New
Deal public housing project is “not
as pleasant as President Truman
apparently thinks it is,” Represen
tative Ploeser, Republican, ot Mis
souri predicted today.
The inquiry will be conducted Fri
day and Saturday in closed session
by the subcommittee, headed by
Representative Riehlman, Repub
lican, of New York.
Representative Ploeser, who heads
the lull committee, quoted the Pres
ident as saying recently that "it’s
too bad the story of Greenbelt is
not better known.”
The subcommittee will investigate
alleged "monopolistic practices” at
Greenbelt as the first step in a gen
eral committee -study of whether
tax-exempt privileges of co-opera
tives are harmful to free competi
tive enterprise.” Additional hear
ings are scheduled in other cities.
The co-operative, Greenbelt Con
sumer Services, Inc., issued a state
ment saying that “other free enter
prise can come to Greenbelt if it
wants to,” and added that at first
the Government had tried unsuc
cessfully to get private business in
to the project.
A liquor store’s application is “the
only significant attempt by private
enterprise” to enter Greenbelt, it
related. The store’s application
stirred a local controversy and the
Town Council ordered a referendum.
“The committee may feel that
this is an essential service, but the
townspeople voted it down, 1,106 to
309.” the co-operative’s statement
said. *
Representative Ploeser said that
witnesses at the Greenbelt hearing
would include the Maryland Eco
nomic Council, the Prince Georges
County Board of Trade and the
Baltimore Retail Merchants’ Asso
ciation'.
Lewis E. Shreve Rifes
To Be Held in Arlington
Funeral services for Lewis E.
Shreve, 57, member of an old Ar
lington family, will be held at 3 p.m.
tomorrow from his home at 1903
North Quebec street, Arlington.
Burial will be in Arlington National
Cemetery.
Mr. Shreve, who retired from the
grocery business four years ago,
died Friday at Bethesda Naval. Hos
pital. He was a veteran of World
War. 1.
Born in the Shreve family home
at 1923 North Quebec street, he at
tended Arlington schools and was
associated with his brother, Ernest
A/ ShrPVP in f hp prnpprv hlisineju:
at 3636 Lee highway for many years.
Mr. Shreve is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Elsie G. Shreve; a
stepson, Alvin Kitchen, Vienna, Va.;
three brothers and four sisters, Mrs.
Grace M. Burke, Falls Church;
Ernest, Arthur and Wallace Shreve,
and Mrs. Elsie G. Butt, Mrs. Virgie
Corbin and Mrs. Dorothy Rountree,
all of Arlington.
Funeral services will be conducted
by the Rev. Herbert Hudgins of
Manassas, former pastor of the
Cherrydale Methodist Church.
Oglesby Assumes Duties
In Winchester Churches
By th» Aiwtlotid Prill
WINCHESTER, Va., Aug. 18.—The
Rev. F. B. Oglesby, former pastor
of Fort Hill Methodist Church at
Lynchburg, yesterday began his
duties as superintendent of the
churches in the Winchester district
of the Virginia Methodist Confer
ence.
Mr. Oglesby was appointed by
Bishop W. W. Peele of Richmond
to hll the vacancy created by the
death of. the Rev. W. Evans Thomas.
ers mingled with the singers with
orders to "put them in jail” if they
called on anything but heavenly
assistance to pull down the walls
of the prison.
The two women inside the jail
are Mrs. Flora Nolan, 34-year-old
brunette, and Mrs. Mary Lou Scott,
a plump, 33-year-old blond, who
have refused bond "because there is
no place in the Bible that says any
thing about making bond or paying
a fine.”
Mrs. Nolan said they were waiting
“for the Lord to open the doors of
the Jail.”
The eultists left Wise later in the
day to attend rites at Stone Creek,
tagged by troopers and deputies
with orders to kill all snakes that
might appear during ceremonies
and to arrest any member handling
them.
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Foggy Bottom Gets Face-Lifting
As Old Gas Plant Comes Down
Dismantling the $3,000,000 West
End gas manufacturing plant at
Twenty-sixth and G struts N.W.,
which now Is underway, will give
the Foggy Bottom section its first
major face-lifting in years.
All to remain of the Washington
Gas Light Co. plant there by next
year are two large tanks Or gas
holders on Virginia and New Hamp
shire avenues N.W. and one small
brick building in the triangle at
New Hampshire avenue and Twen
ty-fifth street N.W.
Everything else is to be razed.
With the conversion of Washing
ton to natural gas, the company no
longer has any use for the plant.
The two remaining gas holders,
with a combined capacity of 4,500,
vuv V/UUiv iccv, nui mc uovu no n
standby storage for natural gas in
case of an emergency caused by a
break in the lines from the gas
fields.
Other Buildings to he Raied.
Down will come two other large
gas holders and the buildings hous
ing the gas manufacturing equip
ment. Parts of some of these build
ings were built before the Civil War.
The land probably will be put up
for sale by the gas company, al
though plans for this phase of the
operation have not been completed.
Although at first it was believed
everything would have to be sold
as junk, Russell McQueen, produc
tion manager of the gas company,
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said to his surprise there is a market
for the second-hand gas manufac
turing equipment.
"We advertised the closing of the
plant to the gas industry and got
a surprising response.” he com
mented. He estimated approxi
mately 50 per cent of the usable
machinery may be sold before the
year is out.
Market Is Good.
"I venture to say we will sell
m6re this year than was sold in
the past 25 years—as second-hand
equipment. We’ve hit the market,”
he added. „
He said the equipment was being
bought by companies in all parts
of the Nation as well a>s Canada.
Builders have bid for the roofing
and trusses. Some of the trusses,
made of iron, will go to ornamental
ironworks companies.
The two brick stacks, 150 feet
high, will be dynamited.
“They're lovely stacks,” Mr. Mc
Queen commented. “BUt there’s
nothing much you can do with an
old brick stack but blast it down.”
The East Station of the gas com
pany, Twelfth and N streets N.E.,
will remain, Mr. McQueen said. It
is being conyerted to a standby
plant for the manufacture of gas
with the same heat content as nat
ural gas—also for use iif case of an
interruption to other facilities. The
conversion is expected to be com
pleted in September.
Public Calls 500 7"imes a Day
For Advice of Weatherman
By Richard L. Disney, Jr.
Ever feel like telling the weather
man what you think of him?
Some people get that notion—
and do.
The Weather Bureau forecast cen
ter at National Airport gets hun
dreds of calls a day.
Is it a good day to sell ice cream
cones? Umbrellas?
Will the fishing be good today?
Can I wear my new coat to New
York this week end?
The sky looks funny. Why?
The questions that flow into the
forecast center at the rate of 500
or 600 or more a day include queries
like these and many more that cover
a range that is hard to believe.
Forecasts Bring Objection.
Consider the caller who expressed
severe displeasure with recent fore
casts. They almost all, he said, had
Included hints of rain. He wanted
two or three days of sunshine.
“What is the trouble?”
He wanted to get possession of a
house, and officers wouldn’t carry
out eviction orders if rain was fore
cast, he complained. Several evic
tion orders—good for 10 days—had
gone bad while he waited for pre
dictions minus moisture. Couldn't
the weatherman please predict sun
shine in Monday’s forecast?
The forecaster looked at the data.
"sorry, it iooxs luce rain.
Moat of the questions the forecast
center gets make sense, but about
a third of them lean to the zany
side, according to Kenneth P. Nor
quest, supervising forecaster for the
District forecast program. Of these,
probably half don’t make sense be
cause the questioner has not thought
twice before phrasing his inquiry. (
Regular Customers Listed. ,
The center has a lot of regular
customers among its callers;
Newspapers, of course, for daily,
if not hourly information, or more
often. '
Ice companies, seeking to estimate
demands for their product.
The Potomac Electric Power Co.—
showers mean a dark sky and a sud
den increase in the electric light
load; sudden heat means a quick
power drain from air conditioners.
Highway and park service officials
in wintertime—they want to esti
mate road conditions under ice and
snow, to be prepared as well as pos
sible for emergencies.
The Washington Gas Light Co.
Water Gate is Interested.
Water Gate concert officials want
to know whether they’re going to be
rained out.
Hotel rooi garaens want to snow
what kind of an evening to plan for.
The Pentagon Building and others
with big air conditioning plants
want to know tomorrow’s tempera
tures to prepare their equipment to
meet them.
'riieae are a few of the more or
less regular calls. There are hun
dreds of others, ranging from routine
questions by people who are making
tripe—the forecasters always are ,
glad to help where they can—to
same that would take a crystal
gazer to answer.
A one-week checkup on inquiries
made at the forecast center not long
ago showed a total of 4.632 calls— |
or 660 per day.
Phene Forecasts Popular.
This is completely apart from the 1
calls which go to telephone WE 1212, 1
which automatically gives a recorded i
weather forecast when that number
is dialed. WE. 1212, which hi 1940
was receiving an average of 10,000
calls a day, has climbed steadily
through seasonal fluctuations until
in June this year it handled an aver
age of 50,000 calls each 24 hours.
Peak number of calls it ever re
ceived in one day was close to
115,000.
WE 1212 takes a heavy burden off
the shoulders of members of the
weather station staff, but obviously
not all of it. Sometimes, under un
usual weather conditions, inquiries
flood in with a volume which seri
ously interferes with regular duties
of the station. ^
The hurricane which struck the
North Atlantic seaboard in Septem
ber, 1944, found the forecast center
switchboard jammed continuously
for 48 hours. To make a call out
side, weathermen had to step next
door to use the telephone in another
office.
WE 1212 sometimes brings up
problems of its own.
Couldn’t Get Number.
One day the center got several
rail* with ft now rnmnlaint.
“I can’t get WE 1212. The op
erator keeps telling me to dial
again,” was the protest.
A telephone subscriber, calling WE
1212, may be in the beginning, mid
dle, or end of the recorded weather
announcement which will repeat
automatically until he has heard the
whole announcement—more than
once if he wishes.
Inquiry showed that in this case
the telephone company had, as it
sometimes does, tagged an extra an
nouncement to the end of the
weather forecast. It was a re
minder that phone users who are
not certain of their number should
“check your directory before making
a call.” Many callers, coming into
the recorded announcement at this
point, thought they had dialed the
wrong number and hung up before
the weather announcement began.
Some tried again, repeated the pro
:ess, then called the weather station.
Bureau Gets Blamed.
On another occasion when the
telephone company used this means
to remind subscribers that “the new
telephone directory now is out * * *
destroy your old one,” one man,
seriously disturbed by the waste he
roresaw. called the weather office to
berate if fdr the suggestion he at
tributed to its stall.
There also are callers like the man
who wanted to know the weather
setween here and Chicago. After
i detailed explanation—people who
Fly need a thorough analysis of the
weather en route—it turned out he
was going by train, just wanted to
mow whether to wear a light suit
in Chicago or a heavier one.
There was the caller who asked
regularly about the weather. He
turned out to be the operator of a
Frozen custard parlor and wanted
n set a line on how the day's busi
less would be.
When school /classes reach
‘weather’1 in (their studies, groups of
:alls come in. If the questions are
ao complicated, forecasters usually
-ecommend they be rephrased, or
hat the class arrange for a visit to
he forecast center where they can
nake a tour and get their questions
mswered all together.
R. c. Schmidt, meteorologist in
:harge of the forecast center, and :
he Weather Bureau men, their ears
« the telephone, heartily agree with .
it least a part of the old statement:
“A lot of people talk about the
reather 1
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Baltimorean Is Killed
As Car Falls 100 Feet
In West Annapolis
ly a Staff Carraipandant of Th« Star
ANNAPOLIS, Aug. 18.—A Balti
more motorist plunged over a 100
foot embankment at the end of An
napolis street in West Annapolis
early today and died of a broken
neck in Weems Creek, Anne Arun
del County, police reported.
The dead man was Quin ten Joseph
McDonald, 26, an automobile me
chanic, police said. Mr. McDonald,
they reported, drove off the end of
Annapolis street, which dead-ends
into the creek, about 2 a.m.
He was thrown clear of the auto
mobile, police said, but was believed
to have struck the piling of an old
pier.. Dr. E. P. Ritchings, acting
deputy medical examiner for Anne
Arundel, said death was caused by
a broken neck. There is only about
three feet of water in the creek,
police said.
Policeman Allen Stevenson, who
investigated, said Mr. MacDonald
may have thought he was on Revell
street, one block south of Annapolis
street, which has a bridge over
Weems Creek.
Police said no barricade was at
the end of Annapolis street but
that a “Dead End" sign was posted
in the last block.
Maryland National Guard
Begins Summer Training
+ By th« Associated Pres*
CAMP RITCHIE, Md., Aug. 18.—
Maryland's 29th Division of the Na
tional Guard set up camp here last
night for five days of infantry train
ing.
Combat veterans Joined with 17
year-olds in unloading duffle bags,
carbines and M-l rifles from the
motor convoys which arrived yester
day. They have settled down in
the two-story barracks which will
be their temporary home this waek.
The 1,189 enlisted men and *89
officers included National Guara
men from Montgomery and Prince
Georges Counties, Hagerstown.
Cumberland, Elkton, Chestertown,
Denton, Salisbury and the “Dandy
Fifth’’ from Baltimore.
Training begins today. Close
order drill, range firing, guard
mount and other military subjects
are on the week’s program. ,
18 Water, Sewer Contracts
Let for Suburban Areas
Awarding of contracts for 18 new
water and sewer projects in Mont
gomery and Prince Georges coun
ties was announced today by the
Washington Suburban Sanitary
Commission.
Principal contracts include:
Water and sewer construction in
Hobson street, Kensington Heights,
and Noyes lane, Woodside, to the
Road Machinery Rental Co., of
Hyattsville, $20,101.
Sewer construction in Dexter
avenue, Carroll Knolls and Kens
ington Heights, Nickles Brothers
Richmond Woman Made
State Welfare Executive
By th« Auociatcd Pr«s
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 18 —Mrs.
Alice Roberts, for four years super
intendent of the Richmond Social
Service Bureau, will become the first
full-time executive secretary of the
Virginia Conference of Social Work
on September 16, Dr. George T.
Kalif, conference board chairman,
announced yesterday.
Mrs. Roberts, who was elected con
ference president at its Roanoke
convention, will serve as both presi
dent and executive secretary for
one year and, Dr. Kalif said, is
Bxpected to continue thereafter In I
the latter position.
Demolition Team Demonstrates
Tactics Today at Little Creek
By Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va„ Aug. 18.—One of
the Navy’s underwater demolition
teams, composed of seasoned vet
erans of World War II, today will
show West Point cadets and Annap
)lis midshipmen how-they operate
it the Naval Amphibious Base, Little
Sreek.
The "frog men,” as they hav$
some to be known because of the
slack rubber webs they wear on
their feet and their big cyclopean
joggles, will repeat what they did
n Camid I last year, except that
ighter charges will be used, assur
ng safety to spectators 100 yards
iwiy.
It will be essentially a demon
rtration of "how the way was pre
pared for the shore landings of
American forces on enemy beaches
n World War II.
On the site of the preparations,
3omdr. F. D. Fane, U. 8. N. • R..
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commander or the UDTs, ouuinea
the duties of these men and the
rigorous preparatory training re- '
quired. The two teams of 50 men
and eight officers each stationed
at the base are attached to the
Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet.
The teams carry out hydrographic
reconnaissance fiom the 3-fathom
line (18-foot depth) to the high
water mark on the beach.
They bring In explosives and use
them in demolishing any encoup*
tered natural or man-made obstacles
to landing craft. They may move
inland to observe enemy forces. 1
They detect and clear mines in
the beach approach Opce the
obstructions and the mines are out,
they mark the cleared channels.
They provide information on the
basis of which the landing com- 1
mand plans the attack. When the i
attack forms, the UDTs are on hand i
to guide the assault troops. * ’
4
Child Ax Victim Dies;
Two Others Still in
Critical Condition
One of the three Arlington chil
dren attacked with an ax as they
slept Saturday morning died yes
terday in Arlington Hospital. The
other two remained in critical con
dition today.
Leslie Gayle, 10. son of the man
who police said confessed the at
tack, died at 10:27 am. Still in
critical condition,are Sarah Gayle,
6, sister of Leslie, and Joseph Wool
folk, 9, a cousin of the Gayle chil
dren.
All received head injuries when
beaten with the butt end of an ax
by Perley Gayle, 47, colored, of the
1900 block of South Kenmore street,
Arlington, police said. Gayle then
gave himself up at police head
quarters.
Gayle, a $42-a-week employe of
the Arlington Refuse Department,
is held on charges of felonious as
sault, but Arlington police said he
probably would be charged with
murder today. Gayle had worked
fbr the county for nine years, police
said.
He told police he was unable to
care for the children and intended
to kill the family before committing
suicide. He did not explain why he
changed his plans, police said.
Arlington Hospital reported today
that almost 150 telephone calls in
quiring about-the children’s condi
tion had been received.
* II V IS
uroup urges ioneo Areas
For Frederick Highway
By th* Associated Press
FREDERICK, Md., Aug. 18.—
Members of the Confederation of
Western - Maryland Communities,
yesterday urged the “preservation
of the scenic and natural beauties” j
along the new Frederick-Hagers- j
town highway on a co-ofrerative j
basis.
The group, headed by James H.i
Gambrlll of Frederick, called for!
designation of “commercial” and,
“protected” areas along the 24-mile;
route, now under construction. j
The confederation, at a meeting;
here over the week end with repre-.
sentatives of the State Roads Com- j
mission, outlined a plan to set |
apart two major sections of the,
highway as "protected.”
These include "the South Moun-,
tain protected area” and “the Gam-1
brill Park protected area.’
Tidewater Sale to Auction
55 Guernsey Dairy Cows
Special Dispatch to Tho Star
WARSAW, Va., Aug. 18.—About
55 registered Guernsey dairy cows
will be auctioned here Thursday at
the second annual Tidewater Guern
sey Breeders’ sale.
Four young bulls, chosen from
blood lines and families with out
standing type and production rec
ords, will be among the animals of
fered. \
Also to go under the auctioneer's
hamiher wielded by Col. Glenn G.
Lecky are several heifers suitable for
girls’ and boys’ 4-H and Future
Fanners of America Clubs.
Selections for the sale were made
by Stewart Rivers of Fredericks
burg. _
Charles County Receives
Justice Commission
Special Dispatch to The Star
LA PLATA, Md„ Aug. 18.—Circuit
Court Clerk Patrick C. Mudd an- ,
nounced today that comissions for
two new Charles County justices of
the peace have been received at his
office.
Peter H. Johnson, appointed by
Gov. Lane to serve the Hughesvilie
district, has taken the oath of of
fice. Mr. Mudd said. Jesse C. Burch.
White Plains, is expected to qualify
for the other post.
ABC Check Fails
To Find Minors
Drinking in Bars
Owners Still Refuse
To Admit Juveniles
Despite West Ruling
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
inspectors failed to discover any
minor drinking in taverns in the
course of visits to 60 establishments
Saturday night, t Chairman Alan
Payne of the ABC Board reported
today.
Mr. Payne said inspectors were
Instructed specifically to look for
drinking minors. The tour was
aimed at finding the results of Cor
poration Counsel Vernon E. Weed's
ruling that minors could drink in
taverns as long as adults bought
and were served the drinks. Mr.
West ruled the tavern keeper was not
responsible If the adult slipped a
drink across the table to a minor.
Tavern Owner* Bar Minor*.
The inspectors, however, found
that tavemkeepers are still refusing
to permit minors to drink in their
places, no matter who buys the
drink, Mr. Pavne said.
"I don’t believe, bartenders will
allow minors to drink in their
taverns because there is still some
question in the popular mind about
this,” Mr. Payne said. “Obviously,
the citisens are opposed to young
people drinking.”
Mr. Payne said the inspector*
were on the lookout for violations
of ABC regulations, as usual. But
they were given special instructions
to see if there were any truth to
reports that minors were drinking
in public as an aftermath of the
West ruling.
One in Tavern Not Drinking.
With the exception of a small
place in Georgetown, the inspectors
found no minors in bars, Mr. Payne
reported. At the Georgetown tavern,
a minor was seen with an adult but
the minor was not drinking.
The ABC board has recommended
changes in the law to plug the loop*
hole uncovered by Mr. West’s ruling.
Mr. Payne said he did not expect
any action until the Commissioner!
can study the recommendations.
A mass meeting, sponsored by the
Alcoholics Christian Club of the
Central Union Mission, will be held
at the mission, 613 C street N.W. at
7:45 o'clock tonight to protest any
law permitting minors to drink
openly. A mission spokesman said if
the old law permits minors to drink,
a change should be made in the
law. Representatives from church
groups and Interested individuals
have invited.
veteran Invents Paint
Fatal to Cockroaches
By th« Associated Press
NEW YORK.—Gaston Johnston,
former serviceman, of New York,
has made a paint that kills roaches.
It is brushed on floors or other
places where roaches appear and
dries to a varnish-like hardness.
Mr. Johnston, a chemist, says it
lasts about six months, and that it
kills roaches that walk on it any
time during that period.
The varnish can be washed off
with water but he says it requires
hard scrubbing. He reports that the
varnish contains a nerve poison that
paralyzes cockroaches and does not
harm other animals in the concen
tration used for the roaches.
Mr. Johnston produced the roach
varnish as a result of an appeal
from his sister, Mrs. G. Dahlberg,
who is in charge of a nursery at
Tucson, Ariz. She had trouble with
roaches and did not want to use
roach poisons because of the chil
dren. She wrote her brother here,
who $eads a new chemical specialty
company. He said six months re
search produced the roach killer.
Suspect Freed in Theft
Of $700 in Alexandria
William Hatton, 29, of 1426 -Duke
street, Alexandria, reported to Alex*
andrla police yesterday that hi*
1700 life savings disapeared from
the cab of his dump truck after he
■evealeh the location of the money
,p a drinking companion.
Alexandria police said they ar
•ested the drinking companion but
ifter Intensive questioning, released
aim without charges.
Mr. Hatton, a truck driver, said he
iad put his bank balance in the
truck because of “domestic trouble.’*
Early yesterday, police said they
were told he found the drinking
:ompanion going through the steel
jox that contained the money.
The two men began to fight within
the cab of the truck, Mr. Hatton
said. During the fight, he said, he
hit the other man on the head with
in ax. The men fled on foot. Mr.
Hatton dreive to police headquarters
ind reported his loss, police said.
The man was arrested and sub*
lequently released after he turned
up at the Alexandria hospital to
have a head injury treated.
fwo Virginians Drown
As Car Plunges into River
Sy th« Aitecifrnt
HEATHSVILLE, Va., Aug. 18.—
rhe bodies of two Northern Neck
nen who drowned when their car
plunged off a drawbridge into th#
3reat Wloomieo River Saturday
ire re recovered yesterday by-rescue
:rews working with draglines from
pyster boats.
State Trooper Robert Conley
dentlfled the victims as James EN
nore Butler, 24, of Brown’s Store
Northumberland County, and WIN
pert Green, 38, of Regina, Len
saster County.
The drawbridge had swung open
o allow a boat to pass when the
;ar in which the two were riding
;r ashed Into one railing and
hrough another, police reported.
Good Templors Plan Meeting
MT. AIRY, Md., Aug. 18 <*).—The
fist annual convention of the Mary
and-Vlrglnla-District of Columbia
[rand lodge. International U)dge or
>ood Templars, will be held here
rhursday and Friday.

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