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Poetess Who Wrote
Own Epitaph Is Taken
Home lor Funeral
Poetry-loving Rita Rafferty, who
wrote her epitaph and then died
from an overdose of sleeping tab
lets, will be buried tomorrow in her
home town, Altoona, Pa.
The body of the 25-year-old em
ploye of the Marine Corps terminal
leave division was taken to the
Pennsylvania city last night by her
sister, Mrs. James E. Barr, 2125
Georgia avenue N.W., and Mr. Barr.
Miss Rafferty died in Gallinger
Hospital less than two hours after
she telephoned a friend at 1:30 a.m.
yesterday that she had just swal
lowed 40 sleeping tablets.
The friend, Mrs. Rhoda Bowman
of Arlington Village, heard her body
slump to the floor and called po
lice. John Liberty, in whose home
at 1819 M street N.E. Miss Rafferty
was a roomer, also heard the sound
in the hall and carried the woman
to her room.
Poetry, Rejection Slips Found.
In the room was a typewriter, bits
of poetry and a number of rejec
tion slips—all testimony to Miss
Rafferty’s desire to rise above the
workaday world to the niche re
served for recognized poets.
Four or five years ago she was
fortunate enough to have some
thing published in a book of poems,
her sister recalled.
Mrs. Bari did not remember the
name of the anthology and the only
copy She ever saw is in Altoona.
Friends of Miss Rafferf.v who
knew her as a quiet, industrious per
son, could ascribe no motive for her
action other than the unsuccessful
writer theory.
Mrs. Barr could not understand
it, said her sister had never at
tempted suicide before.
Hurt in Auto Accident.
She recalled that last May or
June Miss Rafferty suffered a
fractured pelvis when an automo
bile went over an embankment in
Rock Creek Park.
Miss Rafferty is survived by an
other sister, Mrs. Mary Laret, wife
of a soldier now in Germany; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Raf
ferty of Altoona, and two brothers,
John and William, also of Al
Friends believe this poem, found
in the pocket of her blouse, was
her final effort:
For epitaph just carve what’s
true . . .
In case my dogged silence lied:
Born when I started loving you,
Stopped loving you the day I died.
Homemaking Courses
For Wives to Reopen
Housewives who wish to brush up
on their homemaking technique may
do so in the adult homemaking
courses offered again this year in
the District public schools.
Registration for the classes, which
are held at night at Central, McKin
, ley and Roosevelt High Schools, will
open at 6 p.m. September 22. Mrs.
Ola Day Rush, head of the home
economics department of the white
schools, will be supervisor of the
night courses.
Food courses are aimed at giving
the housewife the “know-how” of
selecting, preparing and serving
foods attractively on a small budget
despite the high cost of food, Mrs.
Rush said. Clothing courses, in
terior decoration and milinery
classes also are offered.
The instruction is free, but a fee
of $1 is charged for clothing, interior
decoration and millinery classes to
cover cost of demonstration ma
terials. A similar fee of $5 is charged
for the food courses. The instruc
tion is made possible by funds avail
able under the George-Barden Vo
cational Act.
Last year more than 2,000 women
enrolled in 56 classes which met both
during the day and at night, accord
ing to Mrs. Rush. Day classes will
be started during October.
Evening classes already organized
are in nutrition and food prepara
tion, meal planning and service,
clothing construction and design,
tailoring and renovation, slip cov
‘ers and drapes, interior decoration
and millinery.
British Ship Evacuates
Troops From Pola
By the Associated Press
TRIESTE, Sept. 12.—A small Brit
ish warship evacuated the first load
of British troops from Pola yester
day while British and American
troops began withdrawing from the
frontier of Trieste in accordance
with the Italian peace treaty terms.
The British cruiser Ajax was tied
up to the main dock in Trieste har
bor, ready to take on more troops.
Top British and American mili
tary commanders conferred with
Yugoslav military' chieftains to work
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vuv a v.u ui uitiuvou
evacuation of the old Italo-Yugo
slav frontier and for the Yugoslav
advance to the new boundary on
Monday, ratification day of the
Italian peace treaty.
The general belief was that Yugo
slav troops would begin to take over
the territory Yugoslavia won in the
treaty immediately on deposit of
the ratification instruments in Paris
Monday. American troops are
setting out new boundary markers
on a line west of the so-called
Morgan Line.
Travelers reported they still were
Unable to move across the Yugo
slav border at some points, although
the Yugoslavs had reopened the
road from Trieste to Pola, an Istrian
port, which was reported closed last
Hammond Is Expected
To Crown Nicotina
Special Dispatch to The Star
LA PLATA, Md., Sept. 12.—
Charles County Fair officials today
announced that Hall Hammond,
State attorney general, has accept
ed an invitation to coronation cere
monies here September 27 for Queen
Nicotina XIII.
Mr. Hammond is expected to de
liver the coronation address and to
place the crowm on the head of Miss
Elizabeth Virginia Greer, a 20-year-t
old blond of Welcome, Md. Miss
Greer was selected for the honor by
popular vote at a dance Saturday
night at Chapel Point.
Forests Half 'Forested'
About 80 per cent of United States
productive forests do not contain
more than half as many trees as
they could support.
Maj. and Mrs. Kenneth B.
Potter of the Army War Col
lege entered their 5-month
old son Richard in the Shir
lington-WEAM diaper darling
baby contest tomorrow with
full confidence in his ability
to perform for the judges.
The contest, open to any baby
under 2, will be held at 2:30
p.m. in the outdoor pavilion
at the Shirlington Community
Center. Prizes are being do
nated by Shirlington mer
chants to babies picked for
health and attractiveness.
India and Pakistan
Faced With Threat
Of Cholera Epidemic
By th* Associated Press
NEW DELHI, Sept. 12. —The
dread threat of a cholera epidemic'
hung over India and Pakistan today:
as supplies of serum were rushed to
refugee camps throughout both do-:
minions, following report of 400
cholera cases with a 10 per cent
mortality rate in Kasur camp nea^
Lahore in the Moslem sector of the
Some additional cases of the
disease were reported in four other
camps around Lahore.
A military spokesman said no
cholera has been reported yet in the'
jammed Delhi refugee camps where
thousands of Moslems—seeking mil
itary protection from Hindu-Sikh
violence — are living in filth and
Many of the camps in this area
aie lepuxteu tu uc witixuut waiei
supply and some of the camps have
gone without food as long as three
Rioting abated today in the twin
cities, but isolated stabbing cases
were reported after the government
relaxed the curfew to permit the
residents to purchase food.
A night curfew was reimposed in
Karachi, capital of Pakistan, after
six Hindus and three Sikhs had been
killed and many others w'ounded in
night clashes.
The military spokesman said the
chief trouble spot—aside from Delhi
and the Punjab—was Peshawar in
the Northwest Frontier Province, a
part of Pakistan.
He said tanks and troops were used
against Moslem rioters and Afridi
tribesmen who raided parts of Pesh
awar City before order was restored.
B. & 0. Train Injures
Silver Spring Man, 84
A Baltimore & Ohio freight train
w h o se engineer, Montgomery
County police said, figured in a
train-bus collision last May in Ken
wood, struck an 84-year-old man
yesterday as he was standing on the
tracks near Jones Mill road about
one-half-mile from EastWest- high
The victim, William Barnes,
father of County Police Lt. Charles
Barnes, suffered a possible fractured
hip and left wrist. He was taken to
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, where
his condition today was described
as serious.
Police said Mr. Barnes, a retired
carpenter, of 710 Silver Spring ave
nue, Silver Spring, was watching
pistol practice at a nearby range
when the backing train hit him.
According to police, the engineer,
J. E. Mastin, of the 2600 block of
Third street N.W., told them he
blew his whistle but that Mr. Barnes i
apparently did not hear it. No!
charges were nlaced against the en-!
Police said Mr. Mastin was the
engineer of a freight train which
smashed into a Congressional Coun
try Club bus May 14 at the Dorset
avenue crossing in Kenwood, killing
three of he bus passengers and in
juring five others. The engineer was
acquitted of manslaughter charges
in connection with the crash in
Rockville Police Court.
Drunkometer Fails—
Subject Too Drunk
By the Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif.—The police de
partment's brand-new “drunkom-'
eter” consists of a balloon which a
suspected drunk is required to in
flate. His breath from the balloon is
then passed through chemicals to
determine the alcohol content.
The first drunk tested tried 15
minutes to blow up the balloon,
but was too drunk to do it.
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Ticket Offices:
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Atomic Energy Group
Meets on Biological,
Medical Applications
The Atomic Energy Commission’s
newly-appointed advisory committee
on the application of atomic energy
to kiedical and biological problems
is holding its first meeting here to
day to help formulate a public
health policy.
One of the most important ques
tions to come before a committee's
seven scientists, whose appointment
was announced yesterday, will be
suggestions on how to spend $5,
000,000 recently provided by Con
gress for cancer research.
Members of the new committee
were expected to place before the
commission their nomination for
director of the proposed Division of
Biology and Medicine of the com
Holding Conference.
At the first meeting, the commit
teemen were conferring with mem
bers of the commission and the
general manager before taking up
the task of formulating general
policies on medical and biological
The advisory group will study
plans for carrying out recommenda
tions made to the commission by
the Medical Board of Review.
These recommendations included
a continuing policy of providing
atomic material for tracer research,
as effected in a recent order from
President Truman: the extension
of training and research, establish
ment of fellowships, extension of
safety measures and close co-opera
tion with other interested Federal
Dr. Gregg Chairman.
The committee members are:
Dr. Alan Gregg, director for medi
cal sciences, Rockefeller Founda
tion, New York City, chairman.
Dr. G. W. Beadle, chairman of
the division of biology, California
Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Dr. Detlev W. Bronk, director of
the Johnson Research Foundation,
University of Pennsylvania, and
chairman of the National Research
Dr. Ernest W. Goodpasture, dean
I of the School of Medicine, Vander
bilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. A. Baird Hastings, professor
of biochemistry, Harvard Medical
School, Boston.
K. C. Stakman, chief, division of
plant pathology and botany, Uni
versity of Minnesota, St. Paul.
Dr. Joseph T. Weam, dean of the
School of Medieine, Western Re
serve University, Cleveland.
First of War Dead in Europe
Will Be Sent Home Oct. 4
By th* Associated Press
BRUSSELS, Sept. 12.—The first
of American World War II dead to
be returned to their homeland from
Europe will depart October 4 from
the port of Antwerp, Belgium, aboard
the United States Army transport
Joseph V. Connolly, Brig. Gen. H. L.
Peckham announced yesterday.
Gen. Peckham is commanding
general of the American Graves
Registration Command, European
Military and government officials
of Belgium and the United States
will be invited to participate in the
special ceremony. The ship will
carry 5,600 bodies in bronzed steel
| American flags at Army installa
tions, over the American embassies
i and legations in Europe and aboard
the Joseph V. Connolly will fly at
Du Pont Built Highway
Senator Coleman du Pont con
ceived and built at his own expense
a 98-mile highway from Wilming
ton, Del., to the Maryland-Delaware
State line and then presented it as
a gift to his State.
Mrs. Reybold Wins Divorce
From Lieutenant General
Mrs. Ruth L. Reybold was granted
a divorce in Reno yesterday from
I Lt. Gen. Eugene Reybold, retired,
wartime chief of engineers.
Mrs. Reybold. the 63-year-old of
ficer's second wife, charged mental
cruelty. They were married in 1933.
A native of Delaware City, Del.,
Gen. Reybold is a graduate of Dela
ware College, now the University of
Delaware. He lives in the Wardman
Park Hotel.
He was graduated from the Coast
Artillery School in 1916 and from the
Coast Artillery Officers’ School in
1922. From 1940 to 1941. he served
here as assistant chief of staff for
supply on the War Department gen
eral staff. In October, 1941. he was
appointed chief of engineers.
Gen. Reybold is a member of the
Army Navy Club and the Columbia
Country Club.
Enrol! Now for Classes Starting Oct. 1
The Berlitz Method Is Available Only at
839 17tfa St, (at Eye) National 0370
Schoenfeld Will Lecfure
Af George Washington II.
H. F. Arthur Schoenfeld, retiring
I as Minister to Hungary after 37
j years of diplomatic service, will re
jturn to George Washington Uni
jversity this fall as a lecturer. He
\ will teach a graduate seminar in
| recent European diplomatic history,
j Mr. Schoenfeld was an assistant
and instructor in history at the
| university from 1907 to 1910. He
[ received his bachelor of arts de
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407 7th St. N.W. NA. 0019
gree from the school in^l907 and hi*
master of arts degree in 1909. .‘j
His course will be one of several
being added to the graduate curri
culum in foreign affairs. Otherf
include a course in recent Americaa
foreign policy by Dr. Howard F.
Merriman, a course in international
organizations by Dr. Fred Hadsei.
and a seminar in international ad
Specializing in
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