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__ WASHINGTON, D. C., DECEMBER 21, 1947 * A-17
Hayden Bill Asks
Developing of
Arizona Avenue
Four-Lane Freeway
Would Be Built
From Canal Road
By Harold B. Rogers
Arizona avenue N.W., now only a
"paper street” on the map, would
be developed into a four-lane di
vided highway from Canal road to
Tenley Circle under a bill intro
duced in the Senate by Senator
Hayden. Democrat, of Arizona.
The measure, referred to the
Senate District Committee, trans
fers from downtown Washington
to Capitol Hill a long-pending con
troversey.
The Senator has espoused the
cause of the District Commissioners
for such a major freeway to carry
traffic from downtown to the North
west residential section.
The project is opposed informally
by some officials of the National
Park Service and of the National
Capital Park and Planning Com
mission. They contend the park
lands through which the roadway
would run, along Foundry Branch
through Glover - Archbold Park,
should be kept for Dark purposes
only. There are known to be some
differences of opinion, however,
among park officials themselves
over the project.
Bill Calls for Plans.
The Hayden bill directs the Dis
trict Commissioners to prepare
plans and to construct the four
lane divided highway oyer a route
realigned somewhat frofn the orig
inal Arizona avenue. It would have
"suitable grade separations and
interchanges at appropriate loca
tions along Foundry Branch, fol
lowing in general the line of Arizona
avenue.” It would be renamed
"the Arizona Freeway.”
The Commissioners would include
the cost of construction or such por
tion thereof as is appropriate in the
District appropriation act, charge
able to the Highway Fund.”
The bill hints, however, that the
project, might be developed as a
Federal-aid highway. Final plans
and specifications prepared by the
Commissioners would be submitted
to the Public Roads Administration
for review and processing. This
would, follow theisame procedure as
is prescribed for Federal-aid proj
ects, says the bill.” whether the
project is developed as such or as a
wholly District of Columbia project.”
Had.ven Praises Study.
Senator Hayden in a statement
praised the District Department of
highways for its study which, he
said, "clearly demonstrates the im
perative necessity for construction
of the Arizona Freeway.” This ac-j
tion. he said, “is a fine illustration!
of advance thinking in the highway i
planning neia, wnue mere is slui i
time for corrections in the difficult1
traffic situation.”
The new freeway Senator Hayden
pointed out “will not only be a
credit to the name of my State, but
will materially reduce the hazards to
life on other routes of travel to and
from the business and governmental
sections of downtown Washington.
• * * All of the intervening east
and west streets and avenues can be
underpassed, with interchanges of
traffic at appropriate locations. “His
State,” he said, “had waited long
enough” to have a real street bear
ing its name.
Captain H. C. Whitehurst, Di
rector of Highways, said the new
freeway would be an important link
,-in the new traffic outlet from down
town Washington over the elevated
K street roadway in Georgetown,
passing under Key Bridge and con
necting with Canal road.
Plans Are Outlined.
The Arizona Freeway would leave
Canal road not far from Key Bridge,
and enter Foundry Branch Valley
under the steel bridge which carries
the Capital Transit Co.'s Cabin John
streetcar line. From that point the
new freeway would proceed for a
distance of about 3 >4 miles to the
intersection of Wisconsin avenue
and Nebraska avenue at Tenley
Circle.
A right of way for almost this
entire distance had been acquired
by the District in 1893, running from
Canal road to Van Ness street N.W.
Realignment of the project from
the original Arizona avenue right
of way to the new dual-lane freeway,
however, has presented problems of
land transfer, because the new route
runs through parkways for which
title is held by the National Park
Service. Also, according to park , H
cials, there is a strip of park land
Just south of Reservoir road cutting
entirely across the park and con
stituting a road block to the new
project, z
Problem Is Complicated.
To clear this complicated land
problem, the Hayden bill provides
that Federal agencies transfer to
the District Commissioners land
needed for the new freeway and the
Commissioners transfer to the park
service for recreation purposes land
they hold which is not needed for the
roadway.
The District Commissioners under
the Hayden bill would submit their
preliminary plans for the freeway
to the National Capital Park and
Planning Commission and the Na
tlonai pars service ior comments
and suggestions.
The Arizona avenue development
had been listed by the District High
way Department for its program of
construction in 1950 to 1955. The
Hayden bill, if enacted, would ad
vance the date of the project.
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Burglar Alarm
Set Off in Error
In Liquor Store
An employe who inadvertently set
off a burglar alarm yesterday after
noon caused Montgomery County
police to converge on the County
Liquor Dispensary at Silver Spring.
Three scout cars, notified by po
lice radio, responded hurriedly, only
to find a red-faced employe explain
ing what had happened to County
Police Chief Charles M. Orme.
Chief Orme was in the police sta^
tlon across the street when thji
alarm sounded. The employe haf
•tepped on a foot pedal behind thi
counter.
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i PROPOSED ARIZONA AVENUE FREEWAY—This map shows
route of the four lane divided highway which would be author
ized by legislation introduced by Senator Hayden, Democrat, of
Arizona. The freeway would be realigned from the original route
of Arizona avenue, which has been only a “paper street” on the
map for more than 50 years.
Legal Fight to Bring
Son Back Is Planned
By Mrs. Charrington
Mrs. Marsyl Stokes Charrington
! of Warrenton, Va., declared last
1 night through an attorney that she
would “use every means available
to me” to return her 6-year-old son
Robin to the United States from
England, where her husband took
the boy by plane this week.
Robert Montgomerie-Charrington,
former British army officer, left
Warrenton with the boy last Mon
day while his wife, from whom he
has been separated for six months,
was shopping in a nearby town. He
landed in England several days later
by plane from Montreal.
In a statement from London yes
terday he said he went to Virginig
“with the express purpose of per
suading my wife to return here ito
London) with my son.”
Wife Prefers Life in U. S.
"She was unwilling to leave Amer
ica," he stated, “and as Robin,
being a British subject, had origi
nally traveled here on my passport
for the purpose of a holiday, and
indeed was still on my passport,
I was advised that I was entitled
to bring him back. My intention
to do so was communicated to
officials in Washington and in order
to avoid embarrassment to any one,
ar.d especially to the child. I
arranged transport at short notice
and by devious routes. Robin has
always lived in England and his
home is here. He is now staying
with relatives and he is well and
Informed of this statement. Mrs.
Charrington last night authorized
her attorney, William Saxe of New
York City, to issue a reply to what
she termed “the smug statement
of my husband.” She accused her
'husband of having taken the child
I “surreptitiously and without warn
ing.”
Action Called Selfish.
“I cannot avoid the conclusion
| that my husband's act is both un
fatherly and selfish,” the statement
declared in part. “It is obviously
against the child's best interests.
“All this nonsense about bringing
him up in the British way of life is
sheer hypocrisy. I have always sup
ported my son and myself with no
substantial help from my husband.
I am an American. I intend to use
every means available to me to see
that Robin's health and happiness
are preserved. And this can only be
accomplished by his prompt return
here to me.”
Mr. Saxe said Mrs. Charrington
“very definitely” will institute legal
action for the recovery of her son.
Corps Sells Yule Trees
To Pay for Ambulance
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase First
Aid Corps is selling Christmas trees
to help pay for its recently acquired
ambulance.
The volunteer ambulance and res
cue squad unit has been in opera
tion since September, 1945. and pro
vides free ambulance service in the
corrimunity and surrounding areas.
The Christmas tree lot is on Wis
consin avenue, opposite the Bank
of Bethesda.
Hearing Tomorrow
To Set Meyers' Bail
On Perjury Charges
By Robert K. Walsh
j Maj. Gen. Bennett E. Meyers,
, under indictment on charges of per
jury and subornation of perjhry, is
expected to appear before a United
States Commissioner in Brooklyn,
N. Y., tomorrow at a hearing to
set oail for his appearance for ar
raignment in District Court here
January 7.
Bleriot H. Lamarre, who also was
indicted last Friday by a District
grand jury on three counts charg
ing perjury before a Senate War
Investigating subcommittee, is to
appear tomorrow before United
States Commissioner Charles Ozias
in Dayton, Ohio. •
United States Attorney George
Morris Fay has asked ttiat bond be
set at $2,000 for Gen. Meyers, re
tired Army Air Forces deputy pro
curement chief. He recommended
a bond of $1,000 for Lamarre, war
time president of the Aviation Elec
tric Corp. bf Dayton.
Bench warrants were issued
against both defendants by Justice
David A. Pine after the grand jury
last Friday returned two indict
ments. One of the indictments ac
cused Gen. Meyers of having wil
fully given false testimony in tell
ing tne Senate subcommittee he had
no financial connection with the
Dayton company, no personal use or
ownership of an automobile pur
chased with company funds, and
that a $10,000 apartment redecora
tion job was a "gift" from Lamarre.
The other indictment charges
rion Uovore inHiirpH T.omarrp tn
give false testimony on those three
points to the Senate War Investi
gating subcommittee, and that La
marre did so at closed sessions^ of
the subcommittee last October. At
public hearings Lamarre admitted
he testified falsely at the executive
session.
Lamarre was not available for
comment yesterday in Dayton. In
Huntington, N. Y., Gen. Meyers had
no statement “other than to say
what I've said repeatedly—that I
welcome any trial before any tri
bunal which will give me the right
to cross-examine witnesses and call
witnesses on my own behalf."
Government prosecutors explained
that the hearings in Ohio and New
York are to establish officially the
identity of the defendants and to
set bond to assure their appearance
at the District Court arraignment
here January 7. when they will plead
guilty or not guilty and a date may
be assigned fo rtrial.
Damascus Lions Club
Sponsors Yule Contest
Prizes will be awarded residents
of Damascus. Md„ who display the
“most attractively lighted Christ
mas doorway" by the Damascus
Lions Club.
The doorways will be judged be
tween 7 and 9 p.m. Friday. First
prize will be $10.
Lumber Firm Gives Bonus
Harry L. Ryan, president of the
Rucker Lumber Co.. Arlington, an
nounced yesterday that Christmas
bonuses will be distributed Wednes
day to all company employes.
Arlington Board
To Intervene
In School Suit
Votes to Look Out for
* County's Interests
On Motion by Dugan
The Arlington County Board yes
terday voted to enter the legal
fight between Arlington’s incumbent
school board and the school board
elect.
The dispute, in the form of a. law
suit through which the incumbent
board seeks to continue in office
after January 1, the date the new
board is scheduled to take over, will
be heard in Arlington Circuit
Court December 29 before Judge J
Garland Jefferson of Amelia, Va
Judge Jefferson will sit in place ol
Judge Walter T. McCarthy, who
disqualified himself.
In voting to intervene in the
suit, fhe County Board did not take
sides but merely decided “to look
out for the county’s interests.”
Intervention was requested by the
Executive Committee of the Arl
ington Civic Federation and the
Northern Virginia Republican Clubs
The motion to intervene was made
by Daniel A. Dugan.
Cites Uncertainty.
Harrison Mann, representing the
civic federation, told the board thal
the suit, which challenges the con
| stitutionality of the statute under
which the school board-elect was
chosen, has resulted in great uncer
tainty not only with respect to the
statutes covering the administra
tion of the school system but also
with respect to the whole fabric oi
the county government. He said the
suit, if successful, could result in
invalidation of the county managei
set-up in Arlington.
Lawrence W. Douglas, Common
wealth’s attorney for the last IS
years, told the board yesterday that
in his opinion tne suit is "withou;
(merit." Mr. Douglas said both he
and his successor, Denman T
Rucker, have studied the suit at
some length and feel it is not a com
plicated matter nor "a profound
question.”
The incumbent school board has
announced it will not vacate the
office on January 1 nor will it turn
over books or records to the new
board. The latter has declared it
will organize and begin functioning
as provided by law.
Petition Filed by Green.
County Treasurer John Locke
Green, who last week announced he
would recognize the new board after
January 1, already has filed an
intervening petition in the suit ask
ing that the new board be designated
as the board from which he can ac
cept warrants for the payment of
salaries of teachers and other em
ployes.
In other actions, the County
Board appropriated $7,500 as Arling
ton’s 6hare of the cost of a chest
X-ray survey to be held during the
first six months of 1948; voted to
increase the rent paid for the build
ing housing Fire Company No. 1
from $65 to $100 per month, and re
ceived a job classification and pay
scale study covering county em
ployes.
The board also heard a request
from Talmadge Wilcher on behalf
of the Taxpayers and Property
Owners Association, that a board
of equalization be appointed for
real estate assessments.
Approval was given the School
Board's request to be permitted to
apply for $250,000 in loans from the
State Literary Fund to cover con
struction of additions at Stonewall
Jackson and Woodlawn Elementary
Schools.
The construction has been under
way for several months and has
been financed from school operat
ing funds, Assistant School Supt.
Charles J. Walsh told the board.
tJT A a^#1a<>1 tPint il mnil tint ho n oeac _
sary to borrow the money from the
State Literary Fund but that appli
cations should be made so the funds
can be obtained if needed.
Holder of Medal of Honor
Reports at Fort Meade
T. Sergt. Junior Spurrier. 25,
Bluefield, W. Va., who won the
Congressional Medal of Honor for
his single-handed offensive that re
sulted in the death of 21 Germans
in November, 19i4, has reported for
duty at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
The sergeant has been assigned to
the 772d Military Police Battalion
as an investigator.
Sergt. Spurrier re-enlisted in the
Army last July after 'a year of civil
ian life, explaining “the Army got
in my blood.”
In additibn to the Medal of Honor,
he also holds the Distinguished
Service Cross, and is one of the most
decorated soldiers of World War II.
During the 35th Division Associa
tion convention in December, 1946,
Sergt. Spurrier pinned a diamond
studded membership button of the
division on President Truman, who
served with the division in Worlji
War I.
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I BALTIMORE.-—QUADRUPLE CELEBRATION—Baltimore’s Henn quadruplets, who will be a year
old tomorrow, play beneath their first Christmas tree. Disguised as Santa Claus is their father,
Charles Henn, jr. The quads are, left to right, Donald, Bruce, Joan and Tommy.—AP Wirephoto^
U. S, Weighs Transfer
To Howard of Two
Negro Residence Halls
By Robert J. Lewis
The Government is considering
a request by Howard University
that two modern, hotel-like De
fense Homes Corp. buildings for
Negroes be transferred to the uni
versity to meet part of its need
for dormitories to house many of
its 8,000 students, it was learned
last night.
The four-story buildings are Lucy
Diggs, Slowe Hall, which has 299
single and double rooms with ac
commodations for 322 women, and
George Washington Carver Hall, ]
which has 177 single and double;
rooms with accommodations for!
206 men.
Slowe Hall, at Third and U streets
;N.W., was completed in 1924 at aj
cost of $847,434, and Carver Hall,
at Second and Elm streets N.W.,
$602,419, according to DHC. .
Failed to Meet Sale Conditions.
Sale of the two buildings, plus
the Meridian Hill Hotel, Sixteenth
and Euclid streets N.W., which has
accommodations for 725 persons,
was approved July 31, 1946, by DHC,
and a deposit of $25,000 was ac
cepted. i
The group of buyers. Maxwell Ab
bell, Julius Epstein and David
Janis, all of Chicago, failed to meet
conditions of the sale contract,
however, and forfeited the deposit
; after having been allowed exten
I sions of time up to this fall, to
! fulfill the contract, it was learned.
Their offer for the three build
ings was $4,750,000, with a cash
down payment of $535,000 and the
balance to be paid on an RPC mort
gage at 3 per cent interest over a
period of 25 to 28 years, a spokes
man for DHC said.
Other Group Seeks Buildings.
The eight-storv Meridian Hill
Hotel cost $1,809,000 to build. It
! has 634 single and double rooms,
plus a swimming pool and a cafe
teria. It has been reoffered for'
sale, with a dead line on all bids'
set for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Another Negro group also is seek- j
j ing to obtain transfer of the two
j smaller buildings for its own use.
) Senator Caper, Republican, of Kan
sas, on December 8, introduced a
bill in the Senate which would
transfer the buildings to this or
ganization, the Booker T. Wash
ington Birthplace Memorial of
Rocky Mount, Va.
According to the bill, the buildings
would be used as a National Insti
tute of Industrial Training for Ne
gro Youths.
Made Request in October.
Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president
of Howard, said that the university
made its request in October, before
the rquest by the other organiza
tion, but that no publicity had been
given to it.
Dr. Johnson pointed out that
Howard is under the executive
branch of the Government, and
that, therefore, he would have to
“decline to make any public com
ment on the request.”
He conceded, however, that the
request was made out of our “verv
great necessity,” explaining that the
university now is crowded with an
enrollment, of 8,000 students, and
has only 1,600 dormitory accommo
dations, half of which are tempo
rary barracks.
The university has been unable to
supply rooms to 1,900 students who
have applied for the'm, he said.
Locy's Dinner Tonight
Lacy's, Inc., appliance stores will
present Christmas bonuses to em
ployes at a dinner-dance at,6 o'clock
tonight at the Hotel 2400.
Christmas Trees
Offered Free
For Cutting
Christmas trees can be had for
the cutting in Berwyn Heights, Md.
The Berwyn Heights Co., a real
estate Arm. yesterday extended an
invitation to the public to cut
Christmas trees without charge on
their 100-acre tract in the center
of Berwyn Heights.
C. J. Benson, president of the
company, estimated that about 1,000
trees, mostly pine, are on the tract.
The company's main office is at
8403 Fifty-eighth avenue, Berwyn
Heights.
The company will have its land
cleared if the tree spree proves a
success. '
Federal Pay in D. C.
Below BLS Minimum,
CIO Council Asserts
The average Government worker
in Washington today is ‘‘actually
earning about $1,000 a year less”
than the $3,652 which the Bureau
of Labor Statistics says is needed
fop a fahiily of four, the Washington
Industrial Union Council said last
night.
The CIO group said the average
worker in private industry in the
District ‘‘earns even less.” GSI
cafeteria workers, the group's cost
of-living committee said, has an
average weekly take-home pay of
$21.93 a week, or $1,140 a year. The
bureau figures include tax payments.
The committee said “the need for
substantial wage increases both in
the Government and private in
dustry is emphasized by a compari
son of actual earnings with the
Bureau of Labor Statistics budget."
The committee used the findings
of the University of California
Heller Committee, a well-known
cost-of-living index, to show that
wage earners employed by the
Government in Washington would
need to earn $4,268 a year <as of
September. 1947) for a family of
four.
The figure for a white collar
worker, the CIO group estimated, is
$5,710 a year, an increase of $656 or
13 per cent from September, 1946, to
September, 1947.
Pay raises and wage increases in
Washington, the CIO stated, have
lagged “far behind" those in the
coufitry as a whole in recent years,
thus putting the local worker in a
more difficult position that those in
other cities. |
Two in Montgomery Get
Chest X-Ray Survey Posts
Appointment of Joseph A. Cantrel
and W. K. Trunnell as chairman of
the Speakers’ Bureau and Locations
Committee, respectively, was an
nounced yesterday by John M. Mc
Inerney, head of the Bethesda
Chevy Chase Committee for the
Montgomery County Chest X-ray
Survey Committee.
The- survey will offer free chest
X-rays to all county residents 15
years of age and older. It is spon
sored by the County Health Depart
ment and Tuberculosis Association.
Dr. K. F. Welte of the health
department, said, “Most of the con
ditions we will find will respond
favorably to home care. Should
nothing be done and should these
same cases remain unknown, these
individuals may be seriously ill in
another year and spread infection
to others.
Police Mill seeking
Fingerprints on Car
Linked to 2 Holdups
Police last night still were trying
to develop fingerprint clues from the
pea green sedan they believe was
the getaway car in the $7,398 Darby
Printing Co. payroll holdup on Fri
day and a $3,000 Supermarket hold
up in September.
At the same time word was spread
over the Nation to be on the look
out for Mack Wilson Fierst, 37
year-old paroled convict, suspected
by police of being one of two men
in the Darby robbery. He has been
convicted of one payroll robbery and
is charged with another robbery last
September 27.
Concerning the fingerprints, Lieut.
Robert V. Murray, head of the rob
bery squad, said: "I can’t say any
thing about the fingerprints, but
we are still working on that angle.”
He said the car had been washed
recently, presumably obliterating
any prints on the outside at the
time.
Described by Witnesses.
The car, a 1946 Plymouth sedan,
was found abandoned yesterday
near the Kaywood Theater in Mount
Rainier. The police history of the
car goes back to September 12 when
it was stolen in the District.
A missing piece of chrome trim
from the right running board and
the pea green color linked the car
with the September 27 robbery when
$3,000 was taken from Francis
Feagan, manager of the Acme
super Market at 1531 F street N.E.
Witnesses describing the getaway
car on that occasion mentioned the
color and the missing chrome strip.
The two descriptive items turned up
again Friday in the descriptions of
the car in which the two holdup
men fled after robbing William
Webster, Darby Printing Co. as
sistant controller.
When the car was found it was
immediately noticed that the
chrome strip was missing.
Known as "Little Maxie.”
Fierst. also known as "Little
Maxie” and who. on occasions, gives
his name as Joseph Smith, was
sought under a warrant issued after
the Acme robbery. He was linked
to the DaAv holdup w'hen Mr.
Webster ana Allen Sidney, chauf
feur, who followed the fleeing sedan
for several blocks, both picked his
picture from the rogue's gallery col
lection as that of one of the two
armed men in the holdup.
A lookout also has been issued for
the second man. 38, slender and
wearing a double-breasted suit.
When the two men fled from the
Darby plant at Twenty-second and
Douglas streets N.E. a third man
drove the car.
The payroll holdup of which Fierst
was convicted was that of the
Tompkins Construction Co. in 1939.
The loot was $9,400. Fierst was sen
tenced to the Atlanta penitentiary
for 12 years but was released on pa
role last July 1.
Mrs. Sokoloff Re-elected
By Hebrew Sisterhood
Mrs. Herman Sokoloff. 6212 Twen
tieth avenue, Green Meadows, Md„
has been re-elected president of the
Sligo Park Hebrew Sisterhood.
Other officers include Mrs. Julius
Bernstein, vice president: Mrs.
Homer Liebersohn, secretary; Mrs.
William Rubin, treasurer: Mrs.
Joseph Horn, sergeant at arms, and
Mrs. Lee Marcus. Ways and Means
Committee chairman.
Silver Spring Club to Meet
The Rotary Club of Silver Spring
will hold a Christmas meeting at the
Indian Spring Country Club at 12:30
p.m. Wednesday.
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Federal Red Tape Holds Fast Again—Stops Entire Herd of Inyambos, Africa's Longhorn Cattle
By W. H. Shippen, Jr.
King Rudahigwa of Ruanda
and Urundi, who has been de
scribed as standing 7 feet 6
inches tall, probably is in a tow
ering rage by this time over his
Christmas gift to President Tru
man.
The gift no doubt is just what
the President needed—a whole
herd of inyambos from the shores
of Lake Tanganyika, complete
with curly hair, 6 to 8 foot horns
and very wild dispositions. In
fact, inyambos, according to How
ard Y. Bary, who helped corral
them, are wild enough to break
through anything but Federal
red tape. An inyambo, for the
uninitiated, is very similar to
the Texas longhorn cattle.
The King and Mr. Bary, who
lives at Buckingham. Pa., while
not promoting circus acts, col
lecting animals, writing adver
tising copy or visiting out-of-the
way places like the Belgian Con
go. rounded up the inyambos
about this time last year. They
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put them in a special paddock
which the King, Mr. Bary said, j
had erected at a cost of $10,000
American.
Now, exactly a year later. Mr.
Bary is in Washington still try
ing to obtain import permits for
the beasts ftom the Department
of Agriculture. It seems that the
quarantine to prevent importa
tion of the hoof and mouth di
sease is backed by restrictions
against half a dozen ailments to
which hoofed stock in certain
districts of Africa is subject, in
cluding infection by the tsetse
fly which spreads sleeping sick
ness
Original Projects Failed.
Mr. Bary, who once imported
a bevy of Burmese belles whose
necks had been stretched by coils
of solid brass, and put them on a
successful tour with the circus,
went, to the Belgian Congo in
hope of bringing back some of
King Rudahigwa’s loflg-legged
subjects. These latter men. ac
cording to the tales and photo
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graphs of amateur explorers, are
supposed to leap higher than
Rocky Mountain goats.
The collector also hoped to
obtain a young gorilla which
Gargantua and his circus mate
might be willing to adopt in the
absence of babies of their own.
-Neither project forked out
very well, however. The Bel
gians were reluctant to grant
export permits for young goril
las, and the high jumpers went
higher when they took off from
ant hills.
So Mr. Bary, a man of ingenu
ity, made a try for the wild cattle.
This project'called for diplomacy
and persuasion in view of the
fact that the king was rich in all
things that he desired and had
little, if any, interest in Yankee
dollars.
Mr. Bary had an inspiration,
he said. He told the King
through an interpreter that it
would be a "great honor” if his
majesty would collect a dozen in
rresiaem inunan, explaining tne
animals eventually would be
placed on display at Uhcle Sam's
zoo in Washington.
Part of Herd Would Travel.
For the benefit of the citizens
of the United States who could
not journey to the Capital to see
the inyambos. he added, half of
the herd would be consigned to a
“great traveling zoo.” The
animal collector had reference to
Ringline Bros, circus.
To this the king . graciously
agreed, and the two set forth into
the jungle and villages to col
lect the herd. Whether the in
yam bcs, which Zoo Director Wil
liam M. Mann knows as “Watusi
cattle,” are wild or not is a moot
point with Mr. Bary.
If they are truly domestic
stock, they are specifically
banned under the quarantine
laws, which make exceptions for
wild animals which can be
brought into the States under
certain conditions and held in
quarantine at a station in New
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jersey until reaerai veterinarians
i give them a clean bill of health.
“They are very wild,” Mr. Bary
! declared. “When I tried to take
a picture of an inyambo bull he
chased me up a tree You might
say I was practically impaled
that time on the horns of a di
lemma.”
"I'm afraid you still are,” re
marked Dr. Mann at a luncheon
at the Zoo yesterday.
"But, Dr. Mann, you do want to
add six wild inyambos that won’t
cost you a cent to your world
wide collection of cattle, do you
not?”
Distinguished by Large Horns.
“I certainly do want some Wa
tusi cattle,” Dr. Mann replied.
“I don’t believe they’ve ever been
seen Jn the United States, al- |
though some European zoos had
thyn before the war. But they
must be imported legally before
we can receive them.”
Unfortunately, from Mr. Bary's
point of view, the inyambo or a
relative so close as to be practi
f
cany maisunguisnaoie nas oeen
in captivity of Watppi tribesmen
in the Congo River area for un
told generations.
The Watusi cattle are distin
guished by huge horns of extra
ordinarily large thickness and
weight, although the horn spread
is perhaps less .than that of the
Texas longhorns of the old West.
The animals are confined largely
to a small section of the south
central area of Africa.
Mr. Bary said the herd has
been held in a sanitary paddock
for almost a year now, and vet
erinarians of the Belgian man
date have tested them for at
least eight diseases.
Meanwhile, the herd, whether
wild or domestic, continues to
stow away plenty of King Ruda
hlgwa’s hay.
“It’s a tough deal all the way ,
around,” Mr. Bary admitted. “I'm
sure all the President would need
to do would be to ask somebody
in the Agriculture Department,
•Where are my inyambos?’ ’’
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Children's Tops
Million Goal for
New Hospifal
$1,302,788 Collected
Ends 20-Month Effort;
High Costs Delay Work
The drive to raise $1,300,000 t#
build a new Children’s Hospital la
over the top today, after a campaign
of 20 months.
Actual construction of the mod
em pediatrics center, however, will
have to await lower building costs,
according to Rear Admiral C. R.
Train, who directed the successful
drive.
Contributions and pledges now
total $1,302,788. Admiral Train re
vealed last night. Accumulated in
terest on the invested funds amounts
to $17,162, he said, bringing the
building fund to $1,319,950.
Admiral Train reported that 23,500
individuals and organizations con
tributed, and called the large num
ber an indication of “the healthy
regard in which the hospital is held
in this area."
He praised Robert B. Swope for
his efforts on behalf of the cam
paign during its early phase, and
nailed tne wasnington press ana
radio, as well as numerous civic
organizations, for their "co-opera
tion and support” in raising money.
Papertrooper Work Praised.
Howard P. Bailey, assistant to the
managing editor of The Star, was
among the individuals cited. Admiral
Train praised Mr. Bailey for his part
in organizing the Papertroorer cam
paign to help finance part of the
hospital.
Also commended was the Potomac
Electric Power Co., which co-op
erated with The Star and other
papers in arranging for its cus
tomers to authorize payment to
Children's Hospital of electricity bill
refunds to which they were entitled.
With the original goal reached,
Admiral Train announced "the end
of' the fund raising for the new
building.”
Before construction work can get
under way, he declared, the hos
pital expects to await these develop
ments :
1. An anticipated drop in build
ing costs, which now have soared
far above the $1.26 a cubic foot on
which. Admiral Train said, the
original campaign estimate was
based.
2. Legislation to be introduced in
the next session of Congress restor
ing to private hospitals not taking
part in the new Hospital Center the
right to share in the $35,000,000
originally authorized in the Tydings
Bill.
Could Add Federal Funds.
It was the original intent of Con
, gress, he exnlained. that a laree nart
of the money be used to renovate
and rebuild the other institutions,
but this provision was stricken from
the bill before its final passage.
If it is restored, said Admiral
Train, Children's Hospital will be
able to add enough Federal funds
to the proceeds of its community
drive to pay for the proposed new
building.
He said there were a number of
pledges still outstanding, but did
not think more than 2 per cent of
these would prove impossible to col
lect throuRh the intended donor's
death or financial reverses.
Campaign Cost S64.245.
The total cost of the campaign
was set at $64,245. less than 5 per
cent of proceeds. Most of the ex
penses—all but $8,262 of the total—
were incurred during the intensive
three-month drive last year, which
netted about $900,000.
The present Children's Hospital
building includes sections more than
70 years old. and part of the hosiptal
staff is housed in quarters long con
demned as unsafe for patients. Hos
pital authorities say they need more
beds, more operating rooms, a larger
infantile paralysis department, more
lecture rooms and a general modern
ization of equipment.
The proposed new building would
be erected along W street N.W., at
the corner of Thirteenth street, ad
joining the site of the present build
ings.
Society of Natives Plans
Christmas Program
With meetings of most business
and citizens’ associations not sched
uled because of the Christmas holi
days, only the Society of Natives
will meet this week.
The meeting, to be held at 8 p.m.
tomorrow in the Mayflower Hotel,
will include a Christmas program,
Herbert P. Leeman, president, an
nounced.
Cod Boats Being Built
Three vessels, reported to be the
largest ever buiit in the United
States for use in cod fishing, are
under construction at Newburgh,
N. Y„ for a firm in Portugal.
Home Accidents
Include Falls
Fatal to Five
Accidental falls cost the lives of
five elderly District residents last
week, bringing home accident deaths
for the year to 216, according to
t.hp nistrirt, Ppri Prn«s ArriH»rtt.
Prevention Service.
Hospitals treated 87 persons dur
ing the week for injuries they re
ceived at home, and falls, as usual,
topped the list, accounting for 40
of the accidents.
A 90-year-old woman fell from
a second-story window, suffered
severe head injuries, and was ad
mitted to Freedman's Hospital.
An excess of curiosity about the
contents of forbidden bottles sent
the usual score of children to doc
tors’ offices. Among the liquids
sampled by youngsters were a bottle
of perfume, paint remover, turpen
tine and kerosene. Others swal
lowed fishbones, a bobby pin. a
piece of glass and similar objects.
Gallinger Hospital removed a
cockroach from the ear of a 15
year-old boy. A man was critically
injured when kerosene exploded as
he poured it into a stove. A young
mother was cut in the eye and
forehead when her baby’s milk /
bottle exploded as she heated it^
showering her with flying glass, f

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