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Police and Fire
Budget Pleas
FotaMti Million
Barrett Seeks Force
Of 2,000, Citing
Crime Increase
Police and fire department budgets
totaling $11,556,957 for the fiscal
year starting next July 1 today
were before the District Commis
sioners.
Police Supt. Robert J. Barrett
asked for approval of a proposed
budget of $7,448,957 for the opera
tion and improvement of the police
department while Fire Chief
Clement Murphy submitted a pro
posed budget calling for $4,108,000.
The figures were lisclosed late yes
terday by Budget Officer Walter L.
Fowler as he started making public
the budget requests of individual city
agencies after telling Washingto
nians their city officials want an all
, time record $144,186,&08 to run the
cit? next year.
The police request is $431,708 above
the $7,017,249 appropriated for the
current year.
Wants Force of 2,000.
.Maj. Barrett has told the Com
lriissioners, it was disclosed, that he
wants the increases to man the new
14th precinct in the Benning road
area and to bring the total strength
of the police force to 2.000. It Aow
has an authorized strength of 1,795.
The ultimate goal of the depart
ment, he said, should be 2,500 po
licemen.
In addition to asking for more
policemen, Maj. Barrett is seeking
38 additional civilian employes, so
policemen now doing clerical and
secretarial work can be put on beats
and so the Women's Bureau and
House of Detention can be put on a
40 instead of a 44-hour week.
"There has been an increasing
amount of crimes of a violent na
ture,” he’ told the city heads, “which
are apparently an aftermath of the
war. The department has suffered
the loss or injury of a number of
valuable men, and it is felt the in
creasing tendency to lawlessness in
the District can only be counter
acted by increasing the police force.”
High Lights of Request.
Here are the high lights of the in
creases Maj. Barrett is asking for
1948-9.
An inspector for the Women’s
Bureau, now headed by a captain.
Also $50,000 to purchase a site for
a new House of Detention.
Three additional captains—one
for the new 14th precinct, one to
head the No. 2 precinct, where a
temporary captaincy was authorized
by the Commissioners after No. 2
was split into No. 2 and No. 13, and
one to act as harbormaster, a post
now held by a lieutenant.
Nineteen more lieutenants.
Three more sergeants and three
more corporals to man No. 14.
178 More Privates. ■
An additional 178 privates^ v84 to
man No. 14 and the remainder to
permit every man on a beat to cover
it thoroughly and know his neigh
borhood and its people.
The sum of $81,000 to purchase
replacements for police cars, and
another $3,500 to purchase and
operate a convertible sedan for
parades and presidential escort duty.
Hiring of an orthopedic surgeon
at $4,724 to handle bone and joint
injuries suffered by policemen. Such
injuries now are treated by out
side specialists.
The Fire Department budget
which .includes $263,000 to build and
equip* a new firehouse at Forty
ninth and East Capitol streets, tops
by $349,000 tXe amount appropri
ated so far this year to fight and
prevent fires in the Capital.
The increase includes salary raises
for a number of key positions in the
department. Chief Murphy has told
the Commissioners the raises are
aimed at increasing the efficiency
of the fire force.
Chief Murphy is seeking $157,500
to replace equipment.
D. C. Bridge Players Top
Mixed Pairs at Annapolis
By the Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Sept. 20.—Washing
ton couples dominated the mixed
pairs competition in the ninth an
nual Cumberland Valley Bridge
Tournament last night, with Miss
Katfileen McNutt and Charles John
son winning the event on 137 match
ed points.
Mr. and Mrs. George Kathan of
Washington were runnerup with 128
a)d there was a third place tie be
tween Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Steinberg
of Washington and Mrs. Lorraine
Cobles and George Kennedy of New
York.
Mrs. Chaplin Davis and Mrs. T.
E. E. Ragland of Baltimore won the
women’s pairs competition by a half
point yesterday afternoon from Mrs.
Stanley Davis and Mrs. H. L. Bottin,
also from I^ltimore.
Charles Johnson and John Darcy
of New York, the men’s pairs event,
with Ceorge Kennedy and Albert J.
Line - - of New York in second *>lace.
Man Held for Grand Jury
In Ax Attack on Wife
A husband who surrendered to
police with the statement “I just
killed my wife with an ax," was
held under $5,000 bond today for
grand jury action, charged with as
sault with intent to kill. The wife
was reported in critical condition
at Freedmen’s Hospital with head
injuries.
Police arrested Milton Danger
field Taylor. 24, colored, 1600 block of
Fourth street N.W., when he gave
himself up at No. 1 precinct yester
day. He told officers he and his
wife Dorothea, colored, had an
argument and that he hit her with
the weapon.
Taylor waived preliminary hear
ing before Judge George D. Neil
son and told the court he would
plead guilty to the charge in Dis
trict Court.__
Capture of Nicaraguan
- Revolt Leader Reported
ty th* . :iat»d Prw
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sept. 20,
—The Nicaraguan National Guard
said last night that it had captured
Gen. Alejandro Cardenas, described
as .leader of a recent unsuccessful
revolutionary movement
Cardenas was taken to headquar
ters of the national guard, where a
military junta is continuing its in
vestigation.
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DISTRICT GUARD RECRUITERS—Keith Allen (right), 3821 S
street N.W., National Guard recruiting chairman for George
Washington University, stands beside a recruiting poster with
Michael Van Laanen, 19, of 605 Twenty-first street N.W, first
student to enlist since the Guard’s two-month drive for 3,600
new members opened this week.
Pretty Louise Whiting, 18, of 5810 Potomac avenue NW., a
candidate for G. W. homecoming queen this fall, posts recruit
ing signs on the back of her car. Under a special agreement,
the university students will have free use of the giant District
Guard Armory for their homecoming dance on November 1—
providing they are able to recruit 500 guardsmen.
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Meanwhile, Recruiting Sergt. Charles E. Brubaker explains
operations of a giant arc searchlight—on display at the Mall—
to Albert M. Armstrong (center), District commander of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, and James Wood, VFW department
inspector. The VFW is taking the lead in rallying other Wash
ington groups to support the Guard drive. —Star Staff Photos.
West Virginia Offers
Four-Point Plan to
End Potomac Pollution
By th« Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Sept. 20.—West Vir
ginia has suggested to Maryland a
four-point program to wipe out pol
ution of the Potomac River with a
two-State effort.
The program, suggested by Chemi
cal Engineer K. S. Watson, will be
one topic of discussion at a meeting
of the Maryland Water Pollution
Control Commission at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, in the office of Dr. Robert
M. Riley, Health Department chief,
at Baltimore.
In a letter to Paul M. McKee,
executive secretary of the commis
sion, Mr. Watson suggested this at
tack on th'e Potomac pollution prob
lem affecting the two States:
1. Gathering sufficient stream
i samples and analyzing them to de
fine serious pollution by plants and
municipalities.
2. Urging the larger industries to
‘maintain laboratories and personnel
| to define their own pollution, prob
lems to aid in recovery and treat
ment. '
3. Requiring municipalities to de
fine their pollution situation with a
view to handling sewage as well as
industrial wastes.
, 4. Having State pt^lution regula
Story bodies aid industries and mu
nicipalities with their clean-up pro
grams.
Mr. Watson added West Virginia
would necessarily "have to continue
; its present slow program” until
Maryland has time to begin one.
Also, on the commission agenda
is a report from Dr. R. V. Truitt on
a State-wide stream survey, and a
proposed regulation to be reviewed
by Assistant Attorney General Jo
seph D. Buscher to put legal teeth
into pollution control in Maryland.
Silver Spring Church
Expands Bible School
The Woodside Methodist Church,
8814 Georgia avenue, Silver Spring,
will inaugurate an expanded church
! school program at 9 a.m. tomor
row as part of the Methodist Cru
sade for Christ.
C. A. Smith, church school gen
eral superintendent, said that from
9 to 9:50 a.m. each Sunday, children
up to and including the sixth grade
will participate in 'an activity
period in which music, dramatics,
| stories, handiwork and art will be
| used to interpret their Sunday
school lessons and Bible stories.
During this period the older pupils
and those in the three adult Bible
classes will meet in the sanctuary
for worship. The committee plan
ning these services has been headed
by the Rev. Philip C. Edwards,
the minister.
At 9:50 a.m. all the groups of the
church school will go to classrooms
for lessons under their regular
teachers. This session will close at
10:45 a.m., to be followed by the
regular church services at 11 a.m.
In addition to the regular teach
ing staff a number of volunteer
workers will help carry out the
program which has been worked
out by Mrs. Ruth E. Harris, direc
tor of Christian education, assisted
| by Mrs. C. A. Smith, Harry L.
i Slye' jr„ assistant superintendent,
and the divisional superintendents,
Miss Rose Reeve, Mrs. Harry Mor
gan, John Haygood and Ryland
D. C. Student Honored
At Sweet Briar College
Special Dispatch to The Star
SWEET BRIAR, Va., Sept. 20.—
Miss Ann Lane, Washington, was
one of two juniors at Sweet Briar
College named for junior honors at
last night’s convocation marking
the formal opening of the college.
Dr. Dorothy Stimson, professor of
history and former dean of Goucher
College, spoke.
Miss Lane, .daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. William F. Lane, 3313 Runny
mede place N.W., is a graduate of
Mt. Vernon Seminary. She was
named on the freshman honor list
at the close of her first semester
and on the dean's list each semester
since. Last June she won the
sophomore honor scholarship as
highest ranking member of her
class.
Sales Tax Nets $1,344,766
BALTIMORE, Sept. 20 (^.—Wal
ter E. Kennedy, chief of the Mary
land Retail Sales Tax Division, an
nounced yesterday the 2 per cent levy
had netted $1,344,766 to date on Au.
gust returns.
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Greenbelt's Outgoing
Council Balks Probe of
Manager's Spending
In an unprecedented special ses
sion coming in the midst of the
town election, the outgoing Green
belt Town Council last night refused
to authorize an investigation of
Town Manager James T. Gobbel,
recommended “to determine the
propriety of his conduct in order
ing certain disbursements” of town
funds.
The resolution, submitted by
Mayor George P. Bauer, died when
two councilmen announced they
would not vote for it and then
moved to adjourn.
Called by Mayor Bauer and Coun
cilman John A. Cain and Paul Dun
bar, the session fell just three days
following preliminary balloting for
new council posts and three days
before next Tuesday’s runoff elec
tion to fill four vacant posts on the
new council. Mayor Bauer is one of
eight candidates in the runoff.
Treasurer Raises Question.
Mr. Bauer asked for action on the
resolution after a statement was
made by Mrs. Mabel* Kandler, town
treasurer, that she had been “wor
ried” over certain disbursements
ordered in the past few months by
Mr. Gobbel, whose office handles
town funds authorized by council
action and hires atkhlJM .town em
ployes.
Mrs. Kandler said she was “afraid”
the manager might have been paid
a salary exceeding that provided
for him in the budget.
Mr. Gobbel promptly rejoined he
would “insist and demand a com
plete check” on the disbursements
in question.
“But I think it should be done by
the new Council, acting in behalf
of all the pieople and from an im
partial point of view,” he declared.
"There are certain individuals and
town employes who would run to any
one to stir up trouble. I believe
this is an attempt to smear me.
Says Expenditures Authorized.
“I have not ordered spent one dime
more than has been authorized by
the Council. Any one who says
otherwise will have to take the
consequences. I intend to see this
matter cleared up and that no witch
hunt is made of it.”
When some of the more than 100
spectators who packed the council
room called out that Mr. Bauer had
inspired the meeting for political
reasons, the present Mayor denied it
vigorously and Mrs. Kandler inter
posed she had taken the matter be
fore him on her own accord.
Mayor Bauer and Councilman
Cain last spring were voted down in
a move to force Mr. Gobbel’s resig
nation effective June 30. Council
man Morrison then substituted a
motion which made the resignation
effective at the end of this month.
The manager is appointed by each
new Council. #
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Deidre Phipps, iu. Drowns
In Pool on New York Estate
By th* Associated Frost
OLD WESTBURY, N. Y., Sept. 20.
—Deidre Phipps, 10, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Phipps of
Tallahassee, Fla., drowned yester
day while swimming in a pool on the
Long Island estate of her socially
prominent grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. John S. Phipps.
She was a great-grandchild ,of
the late Henry Phipps, philanthro
pist and associate of the late Andrew
Camegie in the steel industry.
Police said the child was a good
swimmer. Her nurse, who could not
swim, summoned a butler, who
jumped in the pool and carried out
the child.
The child’s mother and father
have been with her here visiting the
father’s parents.
Dr. Treadwell Ireland, deputy
medical examiner of Nassau County,
said an autopsy was planned.
Woman s Body 1 hrown
From Auto in New York
Sy th« Associated Press
NEW YORK, Sept. 20.—The body
of a tall and attractive brunette—
with a wide gash across the lower
abdomen — was thrown from an
automobile in Queens early today.
The victim wore only underclothes
and a slip.
Near the body was a black leather
handbag, containing a doctor’s bill
made out to Vera Kenney, 35, of
Brooklyn, police said.
Two Brooklyn men riding in an
auto told police they saw the body
dumped, and they pursued the car
for 4 miles at 60 miles an hour and
faster, but lost it. They returned
and found the Jody at the roadside.
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St. Marys Discloses Progress
In Neat Little County Fair
By George Kennedy
Star Staff Corrupondant
LEONARDTOWN, Md„ Sept. 20.—
Southern Maryland’s wartime ad
vance in agriculture is marked by
the opening of one of the neatest
little county fairs that a city visitor
ever came upon.
The St. Marys County Fair, which
opened yesterday—the first real fair
in the history of this 300-year-old
county—is at Camt) Calvert, near
here on a bluff overlooking the
winding wooded shoreline of Bretons
Bay. Being new, it lacks many
things that the fair of a prosperous
agricultural county should have.
But it may be unique in county fairs
in this respect: It also lacks every
thing a fair shouldn’t have.
No Kewpie Dolls.
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of farm products without a kooch
dancer or a ring toss or a weight
guesser. And this will be hardest
to believe: No one is handing out
tinseled Kewpie dolls.
The children are not forgotten.
There is a merry-go-round and a
ferris wheel.
Row after row of beautiful beef
cattle were being Judged at the
opening yesterday. The marks of
the currycomb were still apparent
on them from their morning beauty
treatment.
E. T- Chewning, brick manufac
turer, won the grand championship
with his $15,000 Aberdeen Angus
5-year-old bull, Epponian of Le
Baron, which already had carried
away top honors at the State Fair
at Timonium and the big fair at
York, Fa.
For the benefit of Montgomery
County and Fairfax County, Va.,
which have no county-wide fairs
despite the nostalgic crowds of for
mer farm and village folk they
could draw from Washington, it
might be well to tell here how this
fair was started.
Wagstatf Reported
Under Mental Care
Relatives of Joseph A. WagstafI
23-year-old Navy veteran, who was
shot by a Bethesda policeman last
Tuesday after he had broken into
a Chevy Chase home, said today
they have arranged psychiatric
treatment for him. They refused,
however, to reveal where the treat
ment would be given or by whom,
WagstafI, who lives in the 5500
block of Grove street, was shot in
the shoulder by Sergt. Thomas De
Nell, as he attempted to hold Sergt.
De Nell and Corpl. J. O. Breedon at
bay with what he said was a shot
gun in the home of Mrs. Hewitt G.
Robertson, 5512 Center street. His
"weapon” later was found to have
been a stick.
He has been released under $2,000
bond on charges of assaulting an
officer, destruction of private proper
ty and housebreaking. A preliminary
hearing is scheduled September 29
in Bethesda Police Court.
Police said WagstafI, who received
a medical discharge from the Navy
about two years ago, was convicted
in a Nevada court in June, 1946, for
assault with a deadly weapon and
served a one-year sentence. The
Nevada shooting victim was Alfred
H. "Pat” Croghan, 26, son of James
J. Croghan, 4505 Arkansas avenue
N.W.
Relatives Deny Charges
In W. S. Hart Will Suit
By the Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20.—The
contest over the will of Actor Wil
liam S. Hart took another turn yes
terday.
ThrftP wnmpn relafivAc rtomoH ac
beneficiaries in the document denied
allegations of William S. Hart, jr„
of Washington, that his father had
been unduly influenced by relatives
and outsiders in drawing up his
will. The son, cut oft without a
penny, is contesting the will.
The answer was filed in Superior
Court by Mrs. Frances V. Bierck,
the late actor’s sister who was be
queathed $50,000, and two grand
nieces, Mary E. Hogewoning and
Beatrice H. Hunt, left $5,000 each.
All live in Westport, Conn.
Rev. Williams to Speak
At Devotions on WARL
The Rev. Hendley J. Williams
minister of St. George’s Episcopal
Church, Arlington, will be the
speaker for the daily devotions
broadcast over station WARL at
8:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
The Sunday broadcast next week
will be from the Clarendon Baptist
Church with the Rev. Wank L
Snyder in charge. The service will
be broadcast from 11 am. to noon.
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Welfare Rolls Miow
Drop of 1,300 Cases
The Public Assistance Division
of the Department of Public Wel
fare yesterday reported that it now
is carrying 3,700 pases on its rolls—
a drop of about 1,300 from the peak
when the new regulations wpnt into
effect a few months ago.
Those who were kept on the rolls
in most cases have had their grants
reduced. Those getting aid for de
pendent children are hardest hit.
Their relief checks were reduced"
by about $11.52 a month, the re
port stated.
“This reduction from the case
load, to which the new regulations
were applied, does not mean that all
the cases will remain off the rolls,”
according to Ray L. Huff, director
of the welfare department. “Only
20 per cent of the cases held or
dropped have been reviewed to the
final point. Consequently it cannot
be stated that the indicated 1,300
cases will remain off the rolls.”
The reduction will keep the bud
get well within the recommended
$300,000 savings asked when the
appropriation bill was passed. *
“The question has been asked
whether or not the number of cases
held or dropped are cases which
were not eligible,” Mr. Huff said.
“All the 5.000 cases were eligible
under the previous regulations.”
Navy Pilot Reported
Drowned From Carrier
oy mv nasotiaiva rres*
NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 20.—Lt.;
Comdr. William Nelson Beale, jr„!
U. S. N., attached to a plane
squadron of the aircraft carrier
Midway, was presumed to have
drowned yesterday when his single
seater F-4U Corsair fighter plane
fell into the Atlantic 35 miles east
of Cape Henry while making prac
tice landings from the carrier.
Mr. Beale’s wife, Mrs. Anne Tower
Beale of Virginia Beach, has been
notified.
Firemen to Hold Dance
At Kensington Tonight
A dance and beauty contest will
be held by the Kensington Volunteer j
Fire Department at 9 o’clock to-;
night at the firehouse in Kensing
ton, Md.
The contest judging is slated for
11 o'clock, to select a young woman
to represent the department at the
convention of the Montgomery
County Association of Volunteer
Firemen next Saturday at Kensing
ton. Ernest Tanner, program direc
tor of WGAT, will serve as master
of ceremonies.
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The fair started with the forma
tion of 4-H Clubs last year. The
boys and girls were assured there
would be a place to show the result
of their work. Heath W. Steele,
who manages his father’s Glen Mary
farm near Great Mills, a 1,000-acre
place with a great herd of Herefords,
took the commitment seriously. He
proposed organization of a fair at
a meeting of the Lions Club in
Leonardtown in April.
There was a general meeting in
the County Courthouse in May.
No funds were solicited, but capital
of $3,000 was arranged by forma
tion of a fair corporation and as
signment of stock. The State gave
the fair $2,000 for premiums. The
Xaverian brothers of Baltimore gave
it use of their Camp Calvert, a boys’
camp in the school-vacation period.
Wealthy Owners Help.
There are 8 or 10 other big
iaiuis uwueu uy weaiuiy men wno
have been attracted by the beauty
and historic background of the
county. They had been showing
their livestock at outside fairs.
Their help was enlisted. Air Force
Gen. Howard C. Davidson who owns
Cremona Farm (his wife is a Pat
terson of the National Cash Register
family) became the fair president.
Unfortunately he was taken to the
hospital yesterday and was Ahable
to see the fair’s opening. VJulius
Johnson, the county farm agent,
gave the fair his enthusiastic sup
port. J. Sheridan Fahnestock of
the Pennsylvania Railroad Fahne
stocks, who is on the local paper,
handled the publicity.
The fair is just starting. The
poultry tent .had only 30 chickens
and a family of ducks. Every bird
was bound to get a ribbon.
“That’s all right,” said Mr. Steele.
“When the farmers come here and
say, 'I could have won in that class,’
it means they will be back next year
with exhibits.”
Motion Picture Group
Weighs Protests on
Advanced Price Films
Citing protests of many theater
owners against advanced price pic
tures, members of the Motion Pic
ture Theater Owners of America
and the American Theaters Associa
tion, meeting in a joint convention
at the Shoreham Hotel, today set up
a committee to discuss road show
priced pictures with producers and
distributors.
More than 600 delegates to the
two organizations were in business
session in the final day of a two
day meeting at which they are con
solidating into a single organiza
tion, the Theater Owners of Amer
ica.
"The public believes the exhibitor
is waxing fat on these admissions,”
A. B. Hyman, Huntington (W. Va.)
theater owner, said in an expres
sion of many small owners’ protest
against roid show prices for special
Group to Seek Solution.
The convention, however, refused
to express outright condemnation
of these pictures, but adopted a
committee report which called for
an exhibitors’ group to discuss the
question with producer and distrib
utor executives in an attempt to
arrive at a “statesmanlike solution.”
In another resolution proposed
from the floor by Mitchell Wolf
son of Miami, Fla., delegates voted
to appoint a committee to confer
with the housing expediter, aiming
at early removal of the ban on
theater construction and remodel
ing.
Spyros Skouras, president of
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.,
spoke at a luncheon session yes
terday and emphasized that pro
ducers would be hit heavily by
the new British tax on earnings
of foreign films. His firm would
have to rely more for its profits on
earnings of its theaters, and that
would mean higher film rental costs,
he said for the independent exhib
itors, too.
To Elect President.
The theater mfen were to elect a
president to head their npw group
today. Theodore B. Gamble, Port
land (Oreg.) exhibitor, and former
chairman of the board of ATA was
said to have the inside track.
At luncheon, they were to hear
Attorney General Clark tell them of
the importance of motion pictures
in .preserving “the American Her
itage.”
Funds to Feed 15 Million
European Children Sought
The International Children’s
Emergency Fund has sufficient
money to provide food for only
5.000. 000 European children during
the next six months, while another
15.000. 000 must live on inadequate
wartime diets, Maurice Pate, execu-!
tive director of the fund, said yes
terday.
Mr. Pate, who returned from Eu-;
rope this week, reported at a press
conference at his headquarters, 528!
Seventeenth street N.W., that the
organization will attempt at the
current session of the United Na
tions General Assembly to raise
$30,000,000 from other countries to
match an authorized expenditure of
$40,000,000 by the United States.
Hitch-Hiking Soldier
Accused of Car Theft
A Fort Belvoir soldier was charged
by Montgomery County police with
assault and robbery last night after
a Silver Spring man reported he
had been struck on the head by a
hitchhiker, who took his automo
bile.
The soldier, identified by police as
George R. Watson, 19, was arrested
by Maryland State police near Fred
erick shortly after Montgomery.
County police broadcast an alarm.
He was jailed at Rockville.
Warren Dexter Fales, jr., 37, of
1914 Grace Church road, Silver
Spring, said the soldier hit him with
a metal object after the car had
reached Rockville. Police said Mr.
Fales suffered a slight laceration
on the head.
Tuck Urges Virginians
To Keep Reading Bible
By the Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 20.—Gov.
Tuck yesterday urged Virginians to
continue reading the Bible as "an
invaluable source of guidance and
strength."
The Governor’s statement refer
red to the annual Bible observance
sponsored by the American Bible
Society from Thanksgiving to
Christmas. The Governor indorsed
the society's program.
Pan American Union
Annex Wins Approval
After Change in Plans
By Nelson M. Shepard
Changes made in plans for the
proposed Pan American Union an
nex on Constitution avenue in front
of the Navy Building won approval
yesterday afternoon from Federal
planners.
Originally the architect had put
the rear service entrance to the
annex on the Virginia avenue side,
"looking directly into the front en
trance of the Interior Department
Building.” That didn’t please either
Interior Secretary Krug or the Na
tional Capital Park and Planning
Commission.
At the closing session of the
Federal planning group, it was
found that the revised plans had
changed the service entrance to
the Ninteenth street side of the
building. There will be a parking
lot for automobiles and a garden
which Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III,
chairman, said would be developed
eventually into the “Latin-Ameri
can style.”
Early Construction Indicated.
The three-story administration
building, authorized years ago, will
cost considerably more than the
$600,000 originally provided from
trust funds left by Andrew Carnegie.
Federal officials indicated the Pan
American Union may start con
struction soon:
The construction will necessitate
the removal of the temporary
Marine Corps memorial typifying
the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima.
A new site for the memorial must
be chosen.
The planning commission flatly
turned down a suggestion for the
closing of Sixth street _ between
Pennsylvania and . Constitution
avenues N.W., to erect there a me
morial to the late Andrew W. Mel
lon, Secretary of the Treasury and
Ambassador to Great Britain. The
proposed site is close to the Na
tional Art Gallery, which he do
nated to the city.
The suggestion was rejected on
the ground Sixth street is too im
portant a traffic thoroughfare.
Members of the commission sug
gested a more suitable site for the
proposed Mellon memorial might
be east of the National Art Gallery
at Fourth street and John Marshall
place N.W.
In other business, the planners de
cided the New York avenue play
ground at First street N.W. should
be retained for the use of white
children. A report indicated there
has been no decrease m the number
of white children using it and that
additional colored playground fa
cilities are being planned for the
neighborhood.
School Site Action Deferred.
Action was deferred on a request
of the District Commissioners for
recommendations affecting the old
Patterson Elementary School site
near Bolling Field in Southwest
Washington. It was felt by some
officials the danger of low-flying
airplanes makes the property un
suitable for residential developments.
The planning commission, however,
felt it needed more Information
about the effect oMhe army planes
before making a decision. Bolling
Field is said to be anxious to in
corporate the school grounds.
John Nolen, director of planning,
was directed to represent the com
mission at Wednesday’s hearing be
fore the Board of Zoning Adjust
ment on the new location proposed
for the Boys’ Club in Georgetown.
It is planned to provide new quar
ters for the club in the residential
area of S street just east of Wis
consin avenue N.W.
Members of the commission spent
several hovlrs on an inspecttion trip
around the city and nearby areas
yesterday afternoon. They visited
areas in every section of the city
where it is proposed to buy unde
veloped land for park and recrea
tion grounds. Specific locations
were not divulged, in keeping with
policy.
Two New Polio Cases
Reported in District
Two new cases of polio were re
ported by the Health Department
yesterday, bringing the total of cases
from the District to 11. Sixteen
other cases treated here were from
nearby Maryland and Virginia.
Both of the new cases are being
treated in Gallinger Hospital, hav
ing been transferred there from
Providence Hospital.
One of the cases is a 30-year-old
man, who lives in the 3100 block of
Seventeenth street N.W. The other
is a 19-year-old girl from the 1700
block of Kilbourne place N.W. She
was reported to have contacted the
disease in Greensboro, N. C., where
she was visiting.
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Lane Defends
Sales Tax in
Bethesda Talk
Says Levy Is Only
Fraction of Total
State Pays to U. S.
Gov. Lane of Maryland last night
defended the State’s 2 per cent sales
tax in a talk before the Bethesda
Chamber of Commerce and in an
earlier radio broadcast.
His Bethesda speech was made
at a reception in the Congressional
Country Club following the official
opening of the 14-week “shop in
Bethesda” campaign sponsored by
the Bethesda trade body.
“I have no apologies to make for
the sales tax,” he declared. “It has
made the people of Maryland tax
conscious. Why should they object
to paying $20,000,000 annually to
their own State when they pay
$700,000,000, or 35 times more, to the
Federal Government without ques
tion?”
Schools, Roads Benefits.
Pointing out that Montgomery
County will receive $1,085,000 as its
share of sales tax revenues. Gov.
Lane said 55 per cent of this amount
must be spent on schools and 20
per cent on roads.
“The rest you can do with as you
please,” he asserted. “This is money •
you have never had before.”
The Governor was accompanied
by Mrs. Lane anl their daughter
Dorothy. A guest at the shopping
center ceremonies and at the recep
tion was Miss Peggy Wilson. Be
thesda, "Miss Washington of 1947."
William K. Hodges, president of
the chamber, was master of cere
monies. Other members of the Com
mittee on Arrangements included
Malcolm Scates, William Prescott
Allen, Samuel Bogley, William Yost,
jr„ and Carl Bachschmid.
Misrepresentation Charged.
In his broadcast over Station
WBAL, Baltimore, the Governor
charged there has been "active mis
representation” of the sales levy,
which he sponsored at the last ses
sion of the General Assembly as a
means of meeting the State’s fiscal
needs.
He said that when he proposed the
sales tax last February, he knew
there would be objections, “partic
ularly by persons or groups with
special interests to protect.”
What he did not know, he added,
was that “some of the objection.'
would take the form of active mis
representation.”
While most merchants are con
scientiously performing the duty of
collecting the tax. Gov. Lane said
some have “distorted and misrepre
sented the tax as a ‘Penny for Mr.
Lane.’ This misrepresentation is
selfishly intended to stir up preju
dice and malice.”
sun ocws ncierenaum.
The tax became effective July 1
and already has brought in about
$3,000,000. It has been attacked by
some organizations in the Stai^and
the Secretary of State has been
formally informed that a suit is en
file In Anne Arundel Countv Circuit
Court in an effort to requite a refer
endum on the levy.
Attorney General Hall Hammond
has ruled the sales tax is not sub
ject to a referendum.
“These pennies of yours and of**
mine," the Governor said in his
broadcast, “are our contribution
toward a guarantee that the chil
dren of Maryland will have the fln
fgt education it is possible to pro
ide.
“That they will receive this edu
cation at the hands of decently paid
and qualified teachers and In class
rooms and school buildings that are
adequately and modemly equipped,
properly lighted and healthfully
heated and of ample size to house
the pupils without overcrowding."
He also listed other items on
which revenue from the sales tax
would be spent, including tubercu
losis sanitaria, new hospitals for the
chronically 111 and aged and medi
cal care for "thousands of less for
tunate Marylanders, who otherwise
migty suffer and die.* • •”
Rooms for Servicemen
Needed in Bethesda
A call for rooms and light house
keeping accommodations for service
people and their families was Issued
yesterday by Mrs. Christine H.
Stutz, in charge of the rooms regis
try service at the Bethesda USO.
During July and August Mrs.
Stutz interviewed 89 applicants for
rooms, but was able to All only 45
requests. Twenty-one of the ap
plicants wanted light housekeeping
quarters and the privilege of bring
ing in children. Very few homes
listed will accept children or allow
kitchen privileges, Mrs. Stutz said.
She may be reached at Oliver 7808.
Pocketbook Snatcher, 17,
Traced by Mark in Hat
A 17-year-old youth is being held
for juvenile authorities in connec
tion with 20 pocketbook snatchings
in Northeast Washington since last
April following his arrest yesterday
after six such robberies Thursday
night.
Police say the yoiith was traced
through a cleaner 's mark on a gray
felt hat he left behind while fleeing
from one of his victims Thursday
night. The youth got more than
$200 in the snatchings, police said,
which took place in the 12-block
area between Sixth and Twelfth and
E and K streets northeast.
Owner Is Sought
As Pigeon Lands
Exhausted Here
An exhausted carrier pigeon
pulled into a Washington backyard
late yesterday with all kinds of
cryptic lettering on its leg bands
but no message, thereby creating a
puzzling situation for* John T. Bro
sius, occupant of the property.
“What am I supposed to do with
It?” he asked The Star. "It seems
pretty tired out, it doesn’t want to
leave, its in good physical shape,
but it won’t eat my crumbs or drink
water.”
Mr. Brosius, clerk for the Cen
tral Intelligence Agency, who lives *
at 1732 Lamont street N.W., said the j
bird is rather small, gray with black *
spots and has a green breast. A red
and white band on the bird’s left ~
leg is marked B-632, and a white *
band on the right leg bears the in
scription: “Aug ’47 NBC 21-36.”
Mr. Brosius requests anyone having
information about the pigeon’s own
ership to call him at Adams 3787.
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